Netflix keeps the nostalgia train rolling right along with today’s release of the Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later trailer and release date. The original Wet Hot American Summer debuted in 2001 and was send-up of the oversexed comedies of the 1980s. The franchise features a huge ensemble cast including Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, members of MTV’s sketch comedy group The State, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Bradley Cooper, and Amy Poehler. Wet Hot American Summer performed poorly in theaters and was widely denounced by critics, but nonetheless managed to develop a cult following as crude comedy films sometimes do. Now, Netflix seems poised to capitalize on what remaining enthusiasm still remains for the film, rolling out the brand new sequel Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.
The film catches up with the characters of the first Wet Hot American Summer ten years after the events of the first film, which ended with Bradley Cooper’s character making a vow to return in ten years to stay in touch. The trailer shows the film to be full of ’90s retro fashion, cheap sexual humor, and 40-something actors trying to pass as 30-something characters. If that’s your thing, well, this film is definitely for you.
Netflix first announced Ten Years Later last year, following up on their release of the Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp prequel mini-series which appeared on Netflix in 2015. Placed alongside other Netflix revivals, this new Wet Hot American Summer sequel shows Netflix is willing to take a shot on reviving cult classics and rebooting franchises with significant cult followings. While Netflix’s revivals of Arrested Development, Longmire, Fuller House have fared reasonably well, this one looks like a shot in the dark.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp premieres August 4th, 2017 on Netflix.