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Advance Review :: “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”
christopher meloni online    July 22, 2015    2 comments

Some of the advance reviews for WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: FIRST DAY OF CAMP are starting to come in and they’re resounding in the amount of praise this eight part show on Netflix is getting. Not only is the cast getting the lion’s share of that praise, but the whole idea of this being a prequel taking place some fourteen years after the original film came out is also. Chris of course is reprising his role of Gene, the slightly unbalanced cook with a can of mixed vegetables at Camp Firewood. This thing looks uproarious, and I’m going to look forward to seeing it. How ’bout you?

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ on Netflix: still wet, hot, raunchy and gloriously funny

By Joanna Connors, The Plain Dealer
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on July 22, 2015 at 8:00 AM, updated July 22, 2015 at 8:09 AM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Fans of “Wet Hot American Summer” don’t need to be told this. But neophytes preparing to dive into the “Wet Hot” cult and binge-watch the prequel, “First Day of Camp,” coming to Netflix Friday, July 31, might want to take the advice of returning cast member Paul Rudd: “Just embrace its lunacy.”

Rudd was actually referring to the absurdity faced by the cast, most now in their late 30s and 40s, who play the same teenagers they were in the 2001 movie. The cast is 14 years older; their characters are two months younger.

Since the actors include not just the sublimely silly Rudd, but also Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Michael Ian Black and Bradley Cooper, and new additions Jon Hamm, John Slattery, Kristen Wiig and Michael Cera, they prove more than capable of embracing the lunacy. They embraced it like Ari Gold hugging it out on “Entourage.”

In fact, one of the many, many pleasures of “First Day of Camp” is the sight of so many fantastic actors having so much fun goofing around with each other, all the while playing everything with life-or-death teenage intensity turned up to 11.

The eight-episode series, written by Michael Showalter and David Wain (who grew up in Shaker Heights) and directed by Wain, is “Scooby-Doo” crossed with a Mexican telenovela crossed with “Porky’s” and “Meatballs” and “Animal House,” with just a little “Waiting for Guffman” and even “Mad Men” thrown in for fun.

It takes place on June 24, 1981, two months before the last-day events of the movie. We’re back at Camp Firewood in Maine, where hormones fly thicker than mosquitoes and a cataclysm is always looming – toxic waste oozing toward the camp, a government conspiracy unfolding, the staff putting on a Broadway musical.

As the campers arrive, the counselors have more important things on their minds than the kids. Eternally awkward Coop (Showalter) awaits the arrival of his “girlfriend” Donna (Lake Bell), who doesn’t seem to realize she’s his girlfriend. She’s more interested in the cool new soccer counselor from Israel (Wain). Andy (Rudd) works to woo Katie (Marguerite Moreau) away from her evil-preppy boyfriend (Josh Charles) at Camp Tiger Claw.

Drama queens Susie (Amy Poehler) and Ben (Bradley Cooper) bring in an actual Broadway bit player (John Slattery) to direct “Electro City.” A journalist for “Rock ‘n’ Roll World” goes undercover as a counselor to get the real story of summer camp. And the story of the can of vegetables that talks to Vietnam War vet Gene (Christopher Meloni) is finally revealed.

Among the highlights: the show-within-a-show, which includes an electrocution musical number; Shannon demonstrating her disco dancing; Rudd’s riff on his sarcastic sneer; Jason Schwartzman’s identification of the toxic waste; Meloni skipping through the woods; and Bruce Greenwood as a lawyer.

The series is funnier than the movie, in large part because it is far better written and directed. The movie (Wain’s first as a director) relied a little too much on its own sloppiness for laughs. The higher professionalism behind the camera doesn’t mean the juvenile spirit is gone, though. Dozens of lines are destined to be quoted, again and again, over games of beer pong, leading with, “I’m just the guy who farts in your face and makes you smile.”

Clearly, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” still has the gloriously raunchy, proudly stupid comic tone that made the movie a cult hit.

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2 Responses to “Advance Review :: “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp””

  1. Shaun Steven says:

    I really can’t wait I use to watch this show all the time via PureVPN. Hope it will be a good show. the original was awesome.

    • Shaun:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, I completely agree with you. I loved the film and am hoping this thing is as good as it looks to be. The film was just so screwed up, but good. I love the whole concept of it being they’re all 14 years older, yet it’s supposed to take place the day before the first film 14 years ago. Too funny.

      Thanks again.

      Dianne

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