Wet Hot American Summer

David Wain Says There Could Be Even More ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Netflix’s resurrected Wet Hot American Summer hasn’t even aired (or streamed, or whatever) yet, and already we’re getting word… Read More

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Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, and Jason Schwartzman Join Cast of Netflix’s ‘Wet Hot American Summer’

Netflix’s follow-up to the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer already features a smorgasbord of big names who made… Read More

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Watch a Trailer for ‘Wet Hot American Summer’–As Directed by Martin Scorsese

There are certain elements of the Martin Scorsese playbook—Rolling Stones music, Dionysian rise and fall, sex, drugs, rock and… Read More

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Can Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd’s ‘They Came Together’ Save the Spoof Comedy?

There are few things more pretentious and self-serving than quoting yourself, but hopefully I’ll offset that quality by quoting myself being wrong about something. “The spoof movie is dead,” your film editor wrote on these pages, back in November, “and The Starving Games is just a phantom moan from a long-closed coffin.” You can understand my hopelessness; after all, I’d just sat through the latest “spoof” “comedy” from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the talentless hacks who all but single-handedly destroyed the parody movie as a viable comedy subgenre. But the good news is the spoof movie may have risen from the dead, Dracula (or, more appropriately, Dracula: Dead and Loving It) style, thanks to director David Wain and his co-writer Michael Showalter, whose rom-com send-up They Came Together is as funny a film as I’ve seen in a good, long while. … Read More

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“’30 Rock’ Was a Writers’ Show”: Judah Friedlander on Frank Rossitano, ‘American Splendor,’ and the ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Prequel

It frankly struck me as a little odd that the makers of Ping Pong Summer were sending out Judah Friedlander — the eccentric standup and co-star of 30 Rock, American Splendor, and many more fine films and television shows — to promote the movie, since one of my few real complaints about the sweet ‘80s nostalgia comedy is that there’s not enough of him in it. Then again, Friedlander has established himself as something of a comedy gunslinger; he comes in to a project like this, does a quick, funny, weird bit, and gets out. “I do enjoy that,” he told me in a recent phone interview. “I’ve probably done about 25 or so movies, and I do like just coming in and going for it and doing it, you know.” … Read More

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10 ’80s Nostalgia Movies That Are Better Than Most Actual ’80s Movies

Parachute pants, giant boomboxes, breakdancing, the Fat Boys, and even (in a sequence after my own heart) Casey Kasem’s “long distance dedication”: yes, the ‘80s live on, or at least they do in the new comedy Ping Pong Summer, out today in limited release. It’s the latest entry in the cinematic ‘80s nostalgia movement — a bit of an ironic idea, since those of us who lived through the decade recall that there weren’t that many great movies being made then. But there have been some awfully good ones set then, and with that we dust off our Trapper Keepers and Rubik’s Cubes and select the very best post-’80s ‘80s movies. … Read More

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The Greatest Summer Camp Movie Douchebags

Perhaps the most excruciating experience of growing up is being stuck in a remote summer camp, away from the comforts of home and being tormented by a bully, whether that person is a fellow camper or even a camp counselor taking advantage of a superiority complex. And if there’s one thing that the summer camp genre gets right, it’s the camp douchebag: the kind of person who, away from home, is determined to re-brand him or herself as Hot Shit by making life miserable for everyone else. As we head into summer camp season, let’s celebrate — or rather, rally against — the douchebags who have generally received their due thanks to the fantasy of cinema.  … Read More

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