Pause for kids 16 & under
Hilarious but raunchy parody is filled with sex, profanity.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wet Hot American Summer is a 2001 parody of early 1980s summertime coming-of-age teen flicks and, as such, contains frequent references to teen characters wanting to have sex. Two male characters are shown sneaking off into a supply shed to have sex; they're shown nude from the waist up, kissing and holding each other close. During a montage in which the camp counselors go to town for supplies, the counselors are shown smoking cigarettes, drinking beer, smoking pot, buying cocaine, and shooting up heroin in a rundown drug house. Profanity is frequently employed (especially "f--k"), and, although the movie is one of the funniest movies released in recent history, the profanity and overall mature content make this film most appropriate for older teens and up. Still, for all its awareness of the form it's parodying, it's unafraid to celebrate those who are "different," even going so far as to have a gay marriage between two of the lead male characters and everyone in camp celebrating the milestone.
- Families can talk about films that parody specific genres. As a movie parodying movies such as Meatballs and other summertime coming-of-age movies from the early 1980s, what styles do the filmmakers employ with the scenes and the characters to create comedy?
- Where does the movie break from the form it's parodying?
- Why do you think there was so much profanity and so many references to sex? Do you think it was necessary to parody the original movies, or did this seem gratuitous?