'Wet Hot American Summer' Cast Then & Now Photos Will Remind You Of The Crazy Talent Filling This Cult Classic

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It has been 14 long years since summer camp parody film Wet Hot American Summer hit theaters, was torn apart by critics, quickly fizzled out while grossing less than $300,000... and only much later gained a rabid cult following. The reason such a huge box office disaster went on to become such a popular film is entirely thanks to its amazing cast — a lightning-in-a-bottle gathering of future comedic geniuses like Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, and Bradley Cooper. Now that Netflix is bringing it back for an eight-episode series, First Day Of Camp , part of the fun will be seeing just how far this stellar cast has come in the one-and-a-half decades since the film's release.

Part of the humor of the original WHAS came from the fact that its cast, most of whom were in their 20s at the time, were playing teenage camp counselors. Not only is the cast 14 years older now, but they're technically playing younger versions of their characters; First Day Of Camp is a prequel, taking place earlier in the same summer as the original film. So get ready for a lot of age-inappropriate humor, even more amazing cameos, and a serious bout of nostalgia as you marathon all eight episodes this Friday.

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