Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Director: David Wain
Actors: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde-Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon
If you're one of the hip kids, you should know all about The State, the MTV sketch comedy show that aired from 1993 to 1995. As its cult status continues to grow, several of the show's players have gone on to bigger and more heralded things, such as creating Reno 911!.
For his first directorial effort, David Wain (whose latest film is the 2008 hit Role Models) gathered a bunch of his former State cohorts (co-writer Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Ken Marino) to mock summer camp flicks in the ensemble comedy Wet Hot American Summer. In the spirit of Airplane! and Monty Python, Wain's light-hearted mashup of camp flick elements has its way with the genre's clichĂ©s, resting on the able shoulders of its extensive cast of comedy B- and C-listers.
Invite some friends over for a movie night and stream it, then reference The State. They'll admire your vast knowledge of fringe comedy. Guaranteed.