Silly but hilarious: A review of Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer

Wet Hot American Summer

With Netflix about to release the 8 episodes in it’s prequel series to the 2001 movie I thought I’d write a review of the 15 year old cult hit.

Knowing very little about it, except it’s cult (not critical) status and perhaps it’s future big hitter cast (Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper etc), I watched it without much knowledge at all. I’m happy to say that the film was far better than I expected it to be. Quite simply, it was just really funny. It was silly and bizarre with a multitude of great sight gags and running jokes. I’m not sure why it didn’t do well critically when it came out because its not like a lot of other comedies. Particularly because its far less concerned with jokes about body fluid or offending anyone. It has a couple but they’re spread over the course of the running time, interspersed with a lot of ridiculous and dumb jokes.

It is was it is, the stories around the camp are inconsequential to the jokes but every so often it can be very sweet and you find yourself caring about the characters even though they go through ridiculous situations and can go from nice to crazy in a second. The cast is made up of many great people who went on to do fantastic things. The likes of Amy Poehler (Parks and Rec), Paul Rudd (Comedy superstar) and Bradley Cooper (Oscar nominee) have gone on to bigger things, as have a few others and seeing David Hyde Pierce is great.

It’s a spoof movie, and a great one at that, ridiculing the breed of teen summer camp movies with every montage sequence and knowing 80’s gag. There’s some good songs, endlessly quotable moments and a loveable bunch of people that mean I’m immensely glad that this film is getting a prequel TV series only a couple of weeks after I saw the film for the first time. The best joke is that it’s set at the beginning of summer camp (when the film was set on the first day) and the cast are 15 years older and playing younger versions of their characters.

I can’t wait.

Rating: A- 9/10

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