Wet Hot American Summer Review


  • Alright guys, so the new Netflix series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” just dropped online and I’m about 5 episodes into it.
  • I’ll have a review of that to you guys soon, but let’s talk about the phenomenon that started it all first!

  • Wet Hot American Summer is a semi-spoof on the teen comedy and going away to summer camp.
  • It features a huge ensemble of many future stars including Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and a bunch more.
  • It doesn’t exactly follow one of them in particular, but tells a lot of their different stories and shows the relatable absurdities of going to summer camp.
  • And for the most part, this movie is pretty good.
  • All the actors in this movie are really good in this movie. Like I said, it’s a legit cast and there’s a reason these guys all went on to do great things.
  • There are a lot of characters in this movie though, and sometimes you forget exactly who’s who and not every character feels as important as they’re supposed.
  • That being said, this movie doesn’t need to show a ton of character development. It shows the funny jokes that it needs to show and isn’t trying to be deeper than that. For which I salute the movie!
  • This movie understands that it isn’t trying to be super deep and that lets it just have fun as opposed to trying to come up with all of these different ‘journeys’ that each character is on.
  • That being said, I will say that the writing and directing are a bit off in the movie.
  • The writing has snappy jokes that are sometimes gutbustingly hilarious, but the three act structure of the movie is just off.
  • It’s almost like the first act of the movie is a raunchy teen comedy like American Pie.
  • Then the second act is like just a straight-up camp movie with only summer camp things going on.
  • But then the third act is a spoof on the camp genre, so you leave the movie thinking it was three different things and you aren’t quite sure which it was most…
  • And that is on the directing a little bit because the pacing for the movie was slightly off too. Some jokes did drag on just a little bit too long…
  • That being said, this is a short review: I enjoyed the characters and almost all of the jokes in Wet Hot American Summer.
  • I did think the writing was off for the overall movie and the pacing was off at times, but I will say that overall Wet Hot American Summer is a Good Time and Definitely Worth Checking Out.
  • And the Netflix series, so far, is even better.


So guys, those are my thoughts on Wet Hot American Summer (the movie). Be sure to let me know what you think of this movie in the comments down below, I know a lot of people who love it a lot more than me, and I’d love to hear from those of you who do! And expect a review of the Netflix show within the next couple days. And as always, thanks for reading guys.


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