Kids across America are hiking, boating, practicing archery and doing arts and crafts today, as they're well into their second week of summer camp. At least I think that's what they're doing, and I think that is traditionally how camp schedules go. I never went to overnight camp, so all I know of it is what I've seen in the movies: Meatballs, Friday the 13th, The Parent Trap, Little Darlings, Sleepaway Camp, Addams Family Values, Ernest Goes to Camp. These and more showed me what I was missing as an adolescent, and without them I might not have appreciated the silly camp comedy Wet Hot American Summer.

WHAS is not exactly a parody of '80s camp movies so much as it is an antic tribute to them featuring sports, games, romance, a talent show, talking cans, the crash re-entry of Skylab and counselors who seem even less attentive than those who let Jason Voorhees drown in the slasher's origin story. It also, while being primarily a vehicle for ex-members of The State, showed us the potential of little-known actors Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks, not to mention re-igniting Paul Rudd as a comedy stand-out (rather than romantic lead).
None of those three are in this montage I've selected, but you will see Amy Poehler, Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, among others, as a few of the camp's counselors enjoy a trip into town for an hour. At first it's an innocent summery montage consisting of ice cream and a fast-food picnic. But slowly it builds from a mockery of contraband consumption of stuff like cigarettes and beer to having Garofalo's camp director punching an old lady in the gut and the whole crew shooting up in a drug den.

Is this what summer camp is really like -- the times the elders leave the grounds anyway? I don't know, but it's hilarious. Especially the end, when Showalter, Black and Zak Orth absurdly just stand against the side of the building.