Pointless Nonsense

Posted in movies by Bill on March 19, 2015

whasI’d never seen Wet Hot American Summer and with it getting a Netflix prequel series I figure I ought to see it to know if I want to watch the series. Which is kind of a backwards reason to see the movie, I guess, but it has a ridiculous cast so why not. I’m not sure it was that ridiculous at the time, but now it’s got several A-listers and tons of other well-known people too (Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler, for example, have relatively small parts). Oddly, they were all too old to be playing teenagers 15 years ago, but they’re coming back to play even younger versions of themselves for the prequel? That’s confusing.

Anyway, it’s about a summer camp in Maine in the early 80s. Having gone to summer camp in New Hampshire in the late 80s, I can say that there are too many white people in this. It should be mostly white people, like about 95%, but I believe the only non-white person in the entire movie is a non-speaking part (there’s one kid who might be pale hispanic, but from his name he’s gotta be Italian), an African distance runner for a sight gag.

You’d think a bunch of talented people and late 70s/early 80s music would be a winning combination for me, but it’s really not. I might still give the Netflix thing a shot because I have nothing better to do, but I’m not looking forward to it.


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  1. Dan O. said, on March 20, 2015 at 10:57 am

    It was alright. Not as magnificent as others make it, but still okay. Nice review.

  2. Pointless Nonsense said, on August 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    […] Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp is the new Netflix series that is a prequel to the movie that was set on the last day of camp, and it’s weird how some of them have clearly aged the 14 years it’s been since the […]

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