The series is a take-off on the 2001 cult classic “Wet Hot American Summer,” a satirical romantic comedy that spoofed sex comedies aimed at teen audiences in the 1980s.
Surprisingly, Netflix was able to pull together most of the original cast for its spoof of the spoof film. Beside Cooper and Banks, returning cast members include Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon and Michael Showalter.
You may notice a common connection. Many of the actors were part of MTV’s sketch comedy troupe “The State.”
The movie veterans are joined by newcomers Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, John Slattery, Chris Pine and Lake Bell. Obviously, there must have been a certain cache to appearing in the series.
Big names aside, the formula is basically the same with one difference. The original movie focused on the last day at Camp Firewood; the new series focuses on the first day.
The trailer opens with campers arriving while a voice over intones that summer is a time of firsts… “first jobs, first crushes and first day of camp.”
But some first are strictly forbidden, like relationships between campers and counselors, including things like “dry humping, necking, wet humping, finger banging, wheelbarrowing, saltwater taffying.”
Of course all of the above and more goes on among the hormonally driven campers and their counselors.
The series will begin airing July 31.
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