wet hot american summerWhile I was at one of my jobs I kept seeing a commercial for the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp and I had to know what the heck it was. So, I decided to cover the film Wet Hot American Summer, which was released in 2001, for Cheeseball Cinema. The film is about a group of counselors at a summer camp in Maine in 1981 and it’s the last day of camp. All of them are panicking to finish some unsettled business that haven’t taken care of all summer long. For example, Beth (Janeane Garofalo) wants to fall in love so she tries to hook up with the professor next door Henry (David Hyde Pierce) or Coop (Michael Showalter) wants to desperately to go out with Katie (Marguerite Moreau), but her current boyfriend Andy (Paul Rudd) poses a big threat. The film also stars Michael Ian Black (This Is 40) as McKinley, Zak Orth (Romeo & Juliet) as JJ, A.D. Miles (The Tonight Show) as Gary, Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) as Gene, Molly Shannon (Never Been Kissed) as Gail, Ken Marino (Role Models) as Victor, Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad) as Neil, Amy Poehler (Inside Out) as Susie, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) as Ben, and the film was directed by David Wain (Role Models).

wet hotThe whole film in my opinion is just absolute madness from beginning to end, but it’s hilarious at the same time. They do a great job poking fun at the 80’s and everything that was associate with the decade from hairstyles, taboos, music, and clothing. They even poke fun at how sex filled the comedies of the 80s were and they even take it a step further by having a gay sex scene in the film to which they can claim they did it before Brokeback Mountain. The other thing that is attractive about Wet Hot American Summer is the star power that is in the film as it has some of today’s top stars like Bradley Cooper and so many more. I thought when I was watching the film that maybe they had too much star power, but it actually works and it’s very funny. Some of the scenes can be a little cheesy at times, but what do you expect from a film that is goofy and fun. There isn’t a lot of T&A in the film, but a lot of teasing, girls in bikinis, making out, and a very hot and sexy Elizabeth Banks is also in the film. I definitely think this is a film that you should check out before you watch the new series just to get acquainted with some of the characters. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film a 1.5 for a final grade.


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