YMMV: Wet Hot American Summer

  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole soundtrack and score, packed with cheesy, late-'70s-to-very-early-'80s hits, easily qualifies, but the true Crowning Music has to be the tailor-made '80s-movie-training-montage original song "Higher and Higher".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gene. Andy is certainly one too. And J.J., and....
    • As one reviewer put it "You don't just have a "favourite character" with this film. You have at least four."
  • Fan Disservice: The only actual sex scene in the movie is man-on-man, and it's pretty intense. Although some people will consider this to be Fanservice.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Certain revelations in First Day of Camp add to the fun in a rewatch, like Lindsey being an adult who's undercover for a magazine article, and the talking can actually being real rather than part of Gene's weirdness.
  • Memetic Mutation: "THE PHONE! THE PHONE! WHERE'S THE FUCKING PHONE?!"
  • Values Dissonance: Parodied. The film features a gay wedding, which nobody finds odd or remarkable. In 1981. The two counselors who you think are going to bully the new couple actually go out and buy them a wedding gift from Crate & Barrel.
  • The Woobie: Coop. He's a classic case of "nice guys finish last", especially at the very end.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Bradley Cooper gets this to the point that in the sequel his involvement is drawing a lot of attention.
    • Really, almost the entire cast is this to some degree. The Other Wiki even makes a point of mentioning that the film is notable specifically because so many of its stars are now extremely famous and successful.