Director: David Wain
Writer: Michael Showalter and David Wain
Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde-Pierce, Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Molly Shannon
Quotable: "Now finish up them taters; I'm gonna go fondle my sweaters."
Fun Fact: Bradley Cooper, who's now an A-lister thanks to The Hangover, made his feature film debut in Wet Hot American Summer.
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 (who also directed 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 cliches, resting on the able shoulders of its extensive cast of comedy B- and C-listers.
Rent it and invite some friends over for a DVD night, then reference The State. They'll admire your vast knowledge of fringe comedy. Guaranteed.