There are no real spoilers in this post for any of the shows or movies dealing with Wet Hot American Summer that are on Netflix
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…
This is kind of how I have been approaching the recent reappearance of Wet Hot American Summer. The movie came out around the year 2000, and had pretty much everyone that’s famous in today’s world all together in one powerful cast. I watched the movie and thought it sucked…until I watched the show.
I watched the movie for the FIRST TIME a few weeks ago in preparation for the recent Netflix revival of the flick in the form of a Netflix original series. I didn’t know what to expect, thus, I had zero expectations. I had heard other guys from different sites claim that the movie was great for many many years, but I never bothered to watch the movie.
Netflix has 3 things you can watch that deal with Wet Hot American Summer. The first is the original movie, the second is the new original series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, and the third is a “making of” doc about the movie from 2000 called “The Making of Wet Hot”.
I was very surprised without disinterested in the movie I was when I first watched it, I just flat out hated it. I didn’t laugh once and wasn’t amused by anything. I was literally dreading the day the series came out because I knew I was going to have to watch it for the site.
I started the show with an expectation that I would hate it as well. Then suddenly as I was watching the moment when Paul Rudd comes flying in on the motorcycle and jumps off the back of it like a majestic eagle everything clicked. I suddenly was enthralled with the show. Somehow after forcing myself to watch the movie and then the show my mind finally pieced together why and how this was all amazingly hilarious.
I recently finished the show, and I am about to go back and watch the movie. The show is a must watch show as far as I am concerned. Stick with it, it’s definitely worth it! Somehow everything becomes funny once you are in the mindset of what the show is. Once you click with the writers style then you will fall in love with this show!
I’d recommend watching the show then the movie and then top it all off with the documentary about the movie being made back in 2000. You can switch it up and watch the movie before the show like I did, but definitely watch the documentary after all of it.
I also want to touch on how many famous people were in the original movie BEFORE they were even famous. Just watch it and you’ll probably recognize about 75% of the cast.
Overall, I’d give this whole concept an 8/10