Wet Hot American Summer

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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age 16+

Hilarious but raunchy parody is filled with sex, profanity.

R 2001 97 minutes

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age 16+

Absurdist comedy at its absurdiest

With the explosion of the Netflix miniseries going on this summer, I had to check out the film this show was based on before seeing if I'd want to give it a try. It turns out I thoroughly enjoyed the humor here; I wish I'd watched it sooner! "Role Models" is by the same director, and though it's one of the better comedies of the 2000s, it doesn't have the ludicrous edge this film does. David Wain and his troupe of actors are fearless here, and even if all of the plot threads don't come together neatly like a more sophisticated movie would, you'd be missing the point if you were expecting that. Wain is just interested in stuffing gags in, like "Airplane!" and silly running bits as much as he can in a little over an hour and a half. Barrels of hay in the middle of the street, Gene the Chef's deteriorating sanity and gay marriage all collide in this film, and if you dig the kind of zany humor where people say things that make no sense for no reason, you'll cherish this last day of summer.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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