Trivia: Wet Hot American Summer

  • Dawson Casting: Parodied. The 16-year-old camp counselors are all played by actors in their late 20s.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in the series. It's supposed to be a prequel and despite a 14-year time gap, it has the same cast the movie did.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Nearly all of the camp counselors, actually, who were mainly unknown actors prior to doing the film. Much of the cast went on to become super famous, including (but not limited to) Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, and Elizabeth Banks, and frequent viewers of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will recognize A.D. Miles as that show's head writer.
    • Judah Friedlander, aka Frank shows up for one scene.
    • Detective Elliot Stabler is the camp kook... I mean cook.
    • There's also a very tiny Kyle Gallner as the camper who reminds Andy that he can't let kids drown.
    • Why has nobody mentioned Niles Crane playing an astrophysics guy trying to save the camp from being a squashed by a piece of Skylab (the 70s NASA space station)?
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Samm Levine of Freaks and Geeks dubbed Artie's voice. And H. Jon Benjamin voices a can of mixed vegetables.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite sell-out screenings at Sundance, the film struggled with finding a distributor. It wasn't until months later when USA Films offered them the insultingly low fee of $100,000 and no ownership rights. Caught in a choice between taking the deal or rejecting it and wasting money on "making a very expensive home movie.", they went with the deal mostly because it was the lesser of two evils. The film was unceremoniously dumped in about 30 theaters, and there are stories about the New York premiere being in the smallest auditorium of the theater. Thankfully, it became Vindicated by History.
  • Vindicated by History/Vindicated by Video