Cabin Fever: Wet Hot American Summer, the First Day of Camp reviewed

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  1. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    1. You repeated Paul Rund twice in your before they were stars segment.

    2. It should be knew how to work with David Hyde Pierce, not new how to work with David Hyde Pierce.

    3. You didn’t really review Wet Hot American summer or tell us what you thought about it. You just said if you can handle x than you will like it.Report

  2. Avatar LeeEsq says:

    My review of Wet Hot American Summer, a more appropriate subtitle should be “Why is this Supposed to be Funny?” I did not like the first two episodes at all. Middle aged actors playing teenagers was creepy rather than hilarious. The best jokes only invoked a polite chuckle from me. The worst jokes were cringe-worthy.Report

    • Avatar Alan Scott in reply to LeeEsq says:

      As someone who hasn’t watched the original, but has heard good things, watching the trailer for this new series just made me want to stay far, far away, specifically because of how creepy it was to see middle-aged actors playing teens.Report

      • Avatar Glyph in reply to Alan Scott says:

        I’m not sure why middle-aged people playing teens in a comedy is creepy (or rather, why it would be so creepy as to prevent one from watching, since it’s probably SUPPOSED to be a little bit creepy). Hasn’t SNL (and really, any sketch comedy show) done many skits where the players play teens? And of course, the joke was that she WASN’T a teen, but (yes, creepy/sad) middle-aged Jerri Blank in Strangers With Candy ruled.

        Is it less-obtrusive for some reason in a sketch/improv-type situation, than in a longer scripted narrative?

        (I haven’t gotten to the show yet, but I thought the movie was decently silly).Report

        • Avatar LeeEsq in reply to Glyph says:

          @glyph, it’s creepy because it just comes across really weird and disturbing seeing a 40 year old behave as and interact with actual children as teenagers rather than adults. Even though I understood the joke, I couldn’t quite get past my urge to want to shake them and tell them to act their age. My ability to suspend disbelief did not work.Report

    • Avatar Saul Degraw in reply to LeeEsq says:

      @leeesq @alan-scott

      You honestly forget that most of the actors are playing teenagers most of the time because the character’s ages are not really central to most of the action. I generally thought Amy Poheler’s character was in her 20s until she mentioned she was 16. Same with most of the others.Report

  3. Avatar Glyph says:

    I watched the first two episodes last night. I really hope H. Jon Benjamin turns into the Toxic Avenger.Report

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