Indie Gems: Wet Hot American Summer

Cold, wet, Pennsylvania Spring.
After viewing My Idiot Brother this week, it got me thinking about the casting of Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks together. They make a good pair, and the film that started it all (for me anyways) was Wet Hot American Summer.

It's the last day of summer camp and there's a lot to be done. The talent show, the activities. Love is in the air. Whether it be a triangle between the staff, a secret love, or the camp director's (Janeane Garofalo) love for a scientist. We follow both the staff and the campers on this day.

The cast is littered with plenty of comedic actors including Rudd, Banks, Garofalo, Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Bradley Cooper, David Hyde Pierce, A.D Miles, and Ken Marino. There's plenty more to name. Even if their parts were small they still contributed to one of the best comedies of the 2000's. It's great to see where the careers of Banks, Rudd, and Poehler in particular have gone after this film. It's also very nostalgic if you got sent to a summer camp when you were young. Even if your camp wasn't nearly as cool. Mine wasn't, but at least I can spot poison ivy now, right?

Recommended: Yes

Grade: B

Memorable Quote: "You taste like burger!" - Andy (Paul Rudd)


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