I’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.