Opened: July 27, 2001
Directed by: David Wain
Starring: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Marisa Ryan, Kevin Sussman, Elizabeth Banks, Joe Lo Truglio, Gideon Jacobs, Judah Friedlander & H. John Benjamin
A satirical comedy spoofing summer camp films of the 1980s, Wet Hot American Summer is a triumph of hilarity featuring early performances of some of today’s biggest actors.
It’s the last day of camp at Camp Firewood in 1981 and romance is abundant as everyone prepares for the talent show. Coop (Michael Showalter) hopes that Katie (Marguerite Moreau) will fall for him and get rid of her douchebag boyfriend Andy (Paul Rudd).
If you don’t take this movie seriously at all, then you’ll love the comedy. There’s not a strong plot and many weird things happen, but the cast makes the film.
The acting is over the top but will have you in fits. Bradley Cooper – in his film debut – and Amy Poehler play intense siblings, while Molly Shannon steals every scene as Gail.
Final say: Laugh out loud funny. ★★★★☆