Wet Hot American Summer is an absolute cult classic. Boasting a cast on the cusp of superstardom, it is everything an eccentric comedy full of funny people should be. As in, it is hilarious.
Wet Hot American Summer eschews plot in favor of nonsensical hijinks and non sequiturs. The things that happen vaguely follow its story, but they are much more in service to its anarchic stylings.
That sense of chaos and utter unseriousness may have been why it never found its footing at the box office. On a modest budget of just $1.8 million, it failed to break $300,000.
That said, Wet Hot American Summer's unabashed spirit of insanity is the primary driver to it gaining cult status, as well as earning it a long-gestating prequel and sequel series on Netflix.
So, sit back, talk to a can of Paradise from Masthead Brewing, and take it higher and higher! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Chumpzilla, and Bling Blake are saving some campers from certain river rafting doom!
This Week’s Segments:
Introduction/Plot Breakdown – High times. Hard bodies. Soft rock. It was the last day of summer camp! (00:00)
Lingering Questions – The Double Turn Podcast dodges the falling Skylab, and then we discuss our favorite gags and characters from the movie. (41:29)
The "Capture the Flag" Trivia Challenge – Bling Blake challenges the field to trivia about the movie. (1:07:05)
Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We finish Hops and Summer Camp Flops with Heavyweights! (1:19:03)