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. With Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks.
Costumes welcome – and encouraged. (So, show us what you’ve got!) Also, allllll the proceeds from this screening of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER to benefit the Rio Theatre’s #SavetheRio campaign. (Thanks, DAVID WAIN!!!!)
“This shamefully underpromoted, gloriously silly romp made me laugh harder than any other movie this summer…this blissfully unimportant movie starts in a deceptively low key, gradually unveiling its total lunacy.” (Newsweek)
Wednesday, July 4
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm
Advance tickets $12 HERE | $14 at the door
*Minors OK in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER (David Wain, 2001 / 14 A / 97 mins) Set on the last day of camp, in the hot summer of 1981, WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER follows a group of counselors who are each trying to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. The entire summer of pent-up sexual frustrations, unresolved post-traumatic stress, pending separations and of course, the talent show, all weigh heavily on the minds and groins of counselors and campers alike.