351. Wet Hot American Summer (2001)

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6.3 Annoying but watchable
  • Acting 6.5
  • Directing 6.5
  • Story 6.0
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Starring: Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler

Director: David Wain

Running Time: 97 mins


Wet Hot American Summer is an American film about the events of the last day of summer camp at Camp Firewood in 1981, where everyone and everything goes absolutely mad.

Every single thing about this film was just ridiculously stupid. It was one of the most farcical and hyperbolic comedies I’ve seen in quite a while, with some good humour throughout, despite the fact that it was often predictable and overly stupid, and not really too funny.

Firstly, I’ll say that the main issue I had with this film was the way in which the story was told. Of course, it was entertaining to see all of the crazy happenings in and around the camp, however due to the numerous different scenarios and stories being shown, I thought that way too much was happening at once in this film, as it was cutting left, right and centre to a pretty much unrelated story very frequently, which I found annoying, as it really broke the film up.

However, the fact that it was such a farce was good entertainment for me to watch. I didn’t mind sitting through this film, because although it may have been terribly stupid, with an extremely cheesy romance story chucked in the middle, it was just really good fun, and overall relatively engaging to watch. I felt that the level of madness in this film was very similar to the ways of Animal House, but perhaps with less funny jokes, so overall, I’ll give this a 6.3.

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