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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The campers are friends, but silliness overpowers any actual messages here.
Positive Role Models
These characters are strictly meant to inspire laughs -- nothing more.
Violence & Scariness
There are several fight scenes, mostly very cartoonish and ridiculous (one man gets into a tussle with a talking can of vegetables). Punches are thrown, kicks land in groins, and necks are snapped, but it's all done in a slapstick way.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No nudity, but lots and lots of graphic sex talk, and some simulated sex happens -- a threesome, with all the participants wearing clothing and masks.
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Tons of swearing, including "f--k" and "s--t," and some explicitly colorful euphemisms for sex acts and body parts are employed.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is a continuation of the 2001 cult comedy movie Wet Hot American Summer. The first two installments of the franchise focused on parodying 1980s teen sex comedies like Meatballs and Little Darlings, whereas Ten Years Later is set in 1991 and references flicks like The Big Chill, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, and Singles. Though there's no nudity, sexual situations and references are abundant, and the dialogue is generously peppered with F-bombs. There's slapstick violence as well. Teens who like absurd comedy may enjoy it, but sticking to the movie is really viewers' best bet here.
Is It Any Good?
With a feature film and now 16 television episodes under it's proverbial belt, it's safe to say the well has run dry on this particular franchise. The original Wet Hot movie was a bomb back in 2001, yet became a cult classic -- not only because it was an absurdist parody of 1980s teen sex comedies, but in part because it gave us an early peek at an ensemble cast that nearly all went on to do big things in Hollywood. The cast then reunited 14 years later for the prequel series, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day at Camp. Reassembling stars like Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, and Paul Rudd (now in their 40s) and having them reprise their roles as teenagers had an inherent humor and curiosity factor that helped buoy the series' duller moments. But to now return to Camp Firewood for a third time, for a series with the same basic plot as the last one (the camp is in danger ... again) just feels repetitive and indulgent. As intentionally and charmingly dumb as the movie and previous series were, there were still some kinda-sweet relationships you rooted for that kept things just a tiny bit grounded, and of course the cast is talented -- but this time around, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later buckles under the weight of far too many special guest stars and pointless subplots.
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