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Wet Hot American Summer

  • Starring: David Hyde Pierce, Janeane Garofalo, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd
  • Director: David Wain
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 97 min.

We’re teaming up with Mother’s Brewing to screen the overlooked comedy classic “Wet Hot American Summer” in Mother’s Backyard! (215 South Grant Ave.) So bring your blankets and/or lawn chairs to ensure you are comfy during the movie. Better yet, bring your picnic fixins so you can dine outside while watching a great movie! You can’t bring booze, but don’t worry, Mother’s has you covered on that. They will have beer flowing outside so you don’t even have to go inside for a refill during the movie! This is a 21+ event. Tickets are $5 and on sale at the door. Try to bring cash!

Summary: The setting is Camp Firewood, the year 1981. It’s the last day before everyone goes back to the real world, but there’s still a summer’s worth of unfinished business to resolve. At the center of the action is camp director Beth, who struggles to keep order while she falls in love with the local astrophysics professor. He is busy trying to save the camp from a deadly piece of NASA’s Skylab which is hurtling toward earth. All that, plus: a dangerous waterfall rescue, love triangles, misfits, cool kids, and talking vegetable cans. The questions will all be resolved, of course, at the big talent show at the end of the day.

"The movie is so hilariously sly about something so fetishistically trivial that at times it appears to take in an entire culture through a lens made of cheese."
- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer. Make that this year."
- David Ansen, Newsweek
"It's not a sex movie but a parody, and the loose feel is part of its genius."
- Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader

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