Wet Hot American Summer

dir. David Wain

Series - Retrospective

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Meatballs goes Dada in this first cinematic outing from the creators of Role Models, a gleefully free-form spoof of all things eighties (and all things, period).

"Well, we made it to the end of the summer in one piece, except for a few campers who are lepers." — Beth (Janeane Garofalo)

It's the last day of Summer 1981 at Camp Firewood, and the sweet smell of love is in the air. Nerdy, good-hearted counsellor Coop (co-writer Michael Showalter) is trying to win the heart of his years-long crush Katie (Marguerite Moreau) away from her cheating, too-cool-for-school boyfriend Andy (Paul Rudd); camp director Beth (Janeane Garofalo) clumsily attempts to court shy astrophysicist Henry (David Hyde Pierce); while abrasive, shell-shocked chef Gene (Christopher Meloni) shamefacedly attempts to hide his peculiar sexual proclivities, until he receives life-changing advice from a very unexpected friend. Meatballs goes Dada in this first cinematic outing from the creators of MTV's The State, a gleefully free-form spoof of all things eighties (and all things, period) whose absurdist, left-field humour proved to be just a hair ahead of its time. Made for nothing and grossing less, WHAS has gained a strong cult following in the decade since its release, while its assorted comedic personnel — including future stars Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Molly Shannon, Amy Poehler and Bradley Cooper(!) — have gone on to bring the world the joys of Role Models, Party Down, Parks and Recreation, Archer and more.