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Wet Hot American Summer Details


1980s teen comedies finally get the parody they so richly deserve with Wet Hot American Summer, the first feature film from writer/director David Wain and co-screenwriter Michael Showalter, formerly of the sketch comedy troupe the State. It's the last day of the summer season at Camp Firewood, and as camp director Beth (Janeane Garofalo) prepares to wrap things up, the staff of teenage counselors realize this is their last chance to do something about the summer romances that have been brewing for the past three months. Sweet but shy Coop (Michael Showalter) is crazy about pretty Katie (Marguerite Moreau), but there's the problem of her severely moody boyfriend Andy (Paul Rudd). Meanwhile, Victor (Ken Marino) is trying to score with sexy Abby (Marisa Ryan), who is known to make friends easily, and McKinley (Michael Ian Black) and Ben (Bradley Cooper) attempt to keep their hot and heavy relationship a secret. Meanwhile, arts and crafts teacher Gail (Molly Shannon) turns to her students for comfort as her marriage falls apart, drama coach Susie (Amy Poehler) tries to whip the talent show into shape with Ben's help, and camp chef Gene (Christopher Meloni) deals with his unique sexual quirks with the help of a talking can of vegetables (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin). Beth even finds time for romance with socially inept astrophysicist Henry (David Hyde Pierce), but first Henry has to save Camp Firewood from a large piece of space junk about to re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Like Wain and Showalter, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, and Joe Lo Truglio (who appears in a small role) were also members of the State; fellow State alumnus Kerri Kenney was cast in a supporting role in the film, but her character didn't appear in the final cut. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:July 27, 2001


Janeane Garofalo
as Beth
David Hyde Pierce
as Professor Henry Neuman
Michael Showalter
as Coop
Marguerite Moreau
as Katie
Paul Rudd
as Andy
Zak Orth
as J.J.
Christopher Meloni
as Gene
A.D. Miles
as Gary
Molly Shannon
as Gail
Gideon Jacobs
as Aaron
Ken Marino
as Victor
Joe Lo Truglio
as Neil
Michael Ian Black
as McKinley
Amy Poehler
as Susie
Bradley Cooper
as Ben
Marisa Ryan
as Abby
Elizabeth Banks
as Lindsay
Gabriel Millman
as Caped Boy
Kevin Sussman
as Steve
Madeline Blue
as Cure Girl
Cassidy Ladden
as Mallrat Girl
Nina Hellman
as Nancy
Peter Salett
as Guitar Dude
Judah Friedlander
as Ron
Jordan Maclean
as Alexa
Michael Showalter
as Alan Shemper


David Wain
Howard Bernstein
David Wain
Michael Showalter
Ben Weinstein
Craig Wedren
Composer (Music Score)
Peter Salett
Theodore Shapiro
Composer (Music Score)
Meg Reticker
Mark White
Production Designer
David Wain
Michael Showalter
Jill Kliber
Costume Designer
Dan Ferat
Sound/Sound Designer
Susan Ferris
Jill Rubin
Line Producer