In 2000, David Wain and Michael Showalter set out to make their first film Wet Hot American Summer. It was a low budget independent film and they cast their friends and a handful of unknown... See full summary »
Michael Ian Black,
I'm sorry, I want to start this by saying I love the original movie, it's sad how much I've seen it, and I was very excited for First Day and 10 Years Later and went into both with an open mind. After my extreme disappointment with the First Day season I stayed quiet, I thought it might just be me. But after this season I can't keep quiet anymore. This is me speaking personally as a fan of the original, I'm not saying these sequels are not good but my review is in relation to the movie. I see the faults of these series as having two main points. First and foremost, part of what made the movie so funny was that the plot and stories were all believable and quintessential movie plots where certain quirks within that structure made it funny. In the two series, we are given downright absurd stories. Again they are fine by themselves but the dynamic that worked so well in the movie is gone. Secondly, I understand the want and somewhat need to add characters or change plot points to fit the new story but it has become outlandish. Trying to force it has become too much. One of the funniest parts of the movie was the lack of continuity but the low budget feel and actual production made that acceptable and played into the humor. You can only get away with so much before the joke becomes stale. I just want to finish by saying I respect the cast so much and their talents combined is unparalleled. I have loved their work since the movie came out, from "They Came Together" to "Mike and Tom Eat Snacks". Its disheartening to see them not used to their full potential and the fun of the tight knit group watered down by so many added characters. I cant help but put some blame on Netflix for taking a movie that was popularized by its addition to their library and milk it. Again, these are my personal feelings and I hope you enjoy the series more than I did, but i encourage you to rewatch the original and enjoy the simplicity in the humor (watch it on DVD with the added fart sounds).
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