Netflix premiered Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on July 31st, and if I hadn’t been backpacking up a mountain, I probably would have sat down that night and been at least halfway through the 8-episode prequel series in one night. For those uninitiated to the cult of Wet Hot, the original movie came out in 2001, and tells the story of the last day of camp at fictional Camp Firewood in 1981, near Waterville, ME. The cast includes everyone from Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, to Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler. And more. There is romance, absurdity, men in short-shorts, and some really awkward kissing. And if you’re a fan of the original, you will most likely love Netflix’s prequel, First Day of Camp – and here are five reasons why:
Back in the 90’s, I was a frequent visitor of Disney World’s Epcot. Inside the park’s Future World was an area themed to the human body, that housed a show called Cranium Command. The attraction allowed you to go inside the mind, and help a younger solider control the emotions of a teenage boy. And though it is gone from Epcot’s current roster, the ideas it provided always made me wish it were a movie. Well, thanks to Pixar, we are given the closest thing I will ever get to seeing Cranium Command on the big screen. Let me introduce you to Inside Out.
Representation and change was the motif at the forefront of tonight’s 72nd Golden Globe Awards. Feminist dream team Amy Poehler and Tina Fey partnered for one last time to host the award show. Most of the show made me proud to see progress in the TV and film industries. Other moments…well, this is the internet. If you haven’t already heard about the opening monologue or the running gag with Margaret Cho, you will. For the most part though, the quips were quality.
“In the 1960s, thousands of black people from all over America came together with one common goal: to form Sly and the Family Stone.”
“But the movie ‘Selma’ is about the American civil rights movement, that totally worked and now everything’s fine.”
For the uninitiated, here’s a quick summary of Parks and Recreation, the smart and hysterical NBC comedy starring Amy Poehler. Leslie Knope (Poehler) works in the Parks and Recreation department of the local government in the town of Pawnee, Indiana. She and her co-workers get up to all sorts of shenanigans while trying to make their quirky but struggling small town a better place. There’s also libertarian named Ron (Nick Offerman) who loves meat and a nurse named Ann (Rashida Jones) who is beautiful. Ready to see how this led to a feminist riot last week?
Last Thursday, before the season finale of Parks and Rec aired, the AV Club posted an article about the history of women in scripted comedies on television. To be more specific, the article was about how Leslie was the latest in a long line of women who were (problematically) forced into motherhood by the rules of comedy.
Warning: The rest of this article contains MAJOR spoilers for the last four episodes of the sixth season of Parks and Recreation.