Wet Hot American Summer Series / Movie Review – It’s okay to be silly!

After devouring a very small and unknown series called Friends and various failed attempts at reaching an Unagi state, I was suffering a bit of withdrawal. So, I innocently decided to give a shot to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, then I watched the movie and then the Documentary about the movie.

This will be a joint review of both the series and the movie. The Netflix series serves as a prequel to the movie which came out in 2001, for some of the stars in the movie, it was their first feature film. Many of the faces that were seen in 2001 are today big stars, such as: Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks, among others. This was quite an experience, seeing all these actors in the series doing silly stuff.

Oh yes, if I haven’t mentioned the series, movie and documentary for that matter are absolutely bonkers. Plenty of silly humor, they have a palpable aura of fun and idiocy and this was replicated very well when compared to the movie. There is a kind of campiness (pun intended) present throughout the scenes, that make them amusing and hilarious. While I seem to be gushing about American Hot Summer, I have to say this type of humor is not for everyone. Some of the scenes fall flat, but it was definitely a fun experience for me. I appreciate silly humor, thus as long as you see both the series and the movie as what they are, I think you will enjoy it.

As mentioned before the series does an excellent job in capturing the movie’s strengths, and ties everything together quite well. I have to dedicate a special mention to Chris Meloni, his character is just crazy hilarious and definitely one of the highlights. One thing that I noticed is that these actors seemed like they were having a blast while shooting both the series and the movie. This is further confirmed in the documentary, and this resonated with my silly side.

Both the series and the movie are for those who went to summer camps, for those who like silly humor and for those who ask often the question: “Why so serious?”. It is not a work of art, nor does it try to be, it’s stupid at times, but it grows on you.

An instant guilty pleasure.

Hot Wet American Summer
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  • Cinematography
  • Writing
2.8

Summary

Both the series and the movie are for those who went to summer camps, for those who like silly humor and for those who ask often the question: “Why so serious?”. It is not a work of art, nor does it try to be, it’s stupid at times, but it grows on you.

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