A group of counselors and campers try to finish their duties
and find love on the last day of summer camp in 1981.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Directed by David Wain
Written by Michael Showalter and David Wain
Starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Paul Rudd, Zak Orth, Molly Shannon,
Ken Marino, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black, A.D. Miles, Elizabeth Banks, Marisa Ryan
Wet Hot American Summer was a bizarre comedy that ultimately failed to deliver and ended up missing that special something. It felt like four to five different summer movies meshed into one, with none of the stories converging or being in any way connected. Apart from the colorful cast, this film really doesn't have a lot going for it.
None of the characters (apart from Paul Rudd's Andy) has any continuous personality traits. They turn on a dime whenever the situation calls for it. For example, Beth (Janeane Garofalo) is a level-headed camp counselor who inexplicably freaks the hell out twice towards the end of the movie for no apparent reason. Not to mention the increasingly unlikable characters that only remain mildly entertaining due to the talented cast of comedians portraying them.
Now we come to the nonsensical plot, which seems to be almost nonexistent. You have Coop (Michael Showalter) pursuing the girl of his dreams as what I assume is the primary story. Alongside that, you have Victor (Ken Marino) trying to lose his virginity. Alongside that, you have Beth and Henry (David Hyde Pierce) trying to prevent catastrophe by rerouting a falling piece of NASA's Skylab. Seriously, the amount of weed present during the writing sessions for this film would have been enough to zonk out an elephant. I did not particularly enjoy this half-witted attempt to resurrect slapstick comedy, but if you want to watch a bunch of funny people clearly having fun at your expense, check it out.