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Wet Hot American Summer

Romance . Comedy

The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It's the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there's still a summer's worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA's Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day.

Actors: Gideon Jacobs , Molly Shannon , A.D. Miles , Christopher Meloni , Zak Orth , Paul Rudd , Marguerite Moreau , Michael Showalter , David Hyde Pierce , Janeane Garofalo
Directors: David Wain
Country: USA
Release: 2002-04-11
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is so hilariously sly about something so fetishistically trivial that at times it appears to take in an entire culture through a lens made of cheese.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Ansen

    This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer. Make that this year.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    It's not a sex movie but a parody, and the loose feel is part of its genius.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Nearly half over before it finds a consistent groove, let alone a decent hit-to-miss joke ratio.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    The film keeps being yanked back from nothingness by this or that clever sendup, delivered by a small army of invigorated performers who seem to push off from one another's energy levels.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    A mess, bouncing nonsensically from one style of farce to another, leaving large vacuums and dead spots — which may themselves, of course, be deliberate.

    Mr. Showbiz Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Like, you know, genius. But, like, you know, why?

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    In essence, it's a ragged collection of bits and sketches cobbled into about a dozen plots, most of which call upon the cast to do a lot of tongue and neck-spraining French kissing.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Gene Seymour

    It's nice, once in a while, to come upon a movie that knows it's nothing special, proves it and doesn't care so long as its target audience feels good enough to have a refreshing beverage or two afterward.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    It comes out less like a spoof than a smart-aleck remake of "Meatballs," minus the energy of Bill Murray.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The frantic proceedings are more likely to have you wishing this summer would just come to an end.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    Harmless enough, and its team of actors so frisky and enthusiastic that it manages to deliver a modicum of laughs despite itself.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Mostly it fails to score. Maybe that's why no one has attempted summer-camp comedy since the third "Meatballs" sequel a decade ago.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Big, dumb, and fun.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Lulls aside, Wain and Showalter deserve camp kudos for getting the details right.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Claudia Plig

    The writing here is rarely funny, and often trite and predictable. A couple of scenes are downright disturbing:

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    This low-budget comedy will most likely try the patience of a paying audience with its uneven pacing, wavering tone and poor production quality.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Most of the scenes fall flatter than a lead soufflé, and the film's sight gags -- Andy dumping campers' bodies by the roadside, Gene humping the refrigerator -- are outrageous without actually being funny.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    The film exists in a humid meta-movie ether all its own.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    I want to escape, Oh, Muddah Faddah -- Life's too short for cinematic torture.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    A thoroughly inept piece of moviemaking. You're more likely to find a ham sandwich at a Passover seder than to find a laugh in this picture. Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    Doesn't swing, doesn't score, can't make it to first base, never even drags its sorry ass out of the dugout.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    This is supposed to be funny? It was so depressing I almost started to cry.

    Washington Post Full Review
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