Stay at Home Sunday- Cool Down with, Wet Hot American Summer
This has been a pretty hot weekend, and what better way to beat the heat than to stay at home. This Sunday we are staying at home with the 2001 indie classic, Wet Hot American Summer. The movie is written by Michael Showalter who has written The State, Stella, and Children’s Hospital. This movie is a true hidden gem with a host of stars like David Hyde Pierce, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, and Bradley Cooper in his first movie role. Wet Hot American Summer is set in 1981 on the last day of summer camp where we find all the counselors all trying to wrap up all the loose ends. Beth, Garofalo, has fallen for the astrophysicist professor Henry. Henry is busy trying to save the camp from a piece of NASAs skylab that is going to fall on top of the camp. Adding to these already big problems are a big camp recital competition, a waterfall rescue, romance, punk kids, and even talking vegetable cans. Don’t rub your eyes and think I mistyped that, there is a talking vegetable can and it is surprisingly filthy for something so healthy.
Wet Hot American Summer is a hilarious spoof film of all those 80s summer camp films. You will find some sexuality, dirty jokes, and even an unsightly scene Id rather leave as a surprise but the movie is never raunchy simply for the sake of being raunchy. Much of the humor is brash and definitely not for children but it is funny. The actors do a wonderful job with the humor as most of them are either comics or famous for their comedy roles. You can watch Poehler way before she became famous, In a World’s Ken Marino is in this film as well as is the hilarious Molly Shannon. The movie never leaves things dry as there is almost always a joke in the scene or at the very least build up to one. The best thing this movie has working for it and what makes it so great is the all star cast of comics and probably unknown comedy actors who really know how to make jokes work.
If you aren’t afraid of some rated R humor and like to see a great example of a spoof, which we haven’t gotten in some time as all the current spoofs are in their 8th or 9th sequel, then please kick back, relax with some lemonade and enjoy this film.