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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ at Music Box tonight

'Wet Hot American Summer' at Music Box tonight

What's your glitch, Gene? Find out tonight at Music Box. Image:

Have a hankering to see absurdist 80′s parodies on the big screen? It’s your lucky night: The New Cult Canon will present “Wet Hot American Summer” tonight at Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport), hosted by AV Club staffer Scott Tobias and the film’s director David Wain. The 7:30 showing is sold out, but a 10:30 screening has been added. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

If you’ve never seen this 2001 gem, set on the last day of an East Coast summer camp in 1981, here are the top 5 highlights:

  • A “going to town” montage to end all montages. McDonald’s french fries and heroin are involved.
  • Amy Poehler as a psychotic drama teacher.
  • A pre-’Hangover’ Bradley Cooper in a surprising love scene.
  • Christopher Meloni screaming non-sequiturs as a traumatized Vietnam vet turned camp cook.
  • Paul Rudd playing something other than the bland straight man with hilarious results, while sporting a jean jacket and short shorts.
Plus, David Wain is part of The State, a troupe of NYU students turned Hollywood powerhouses who burst into the scene in 1992 with an MTV sketch show of the same name. If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching “The State,” get the DVD’s now. It is a 1990′s comedic Muppet Babies. I have another commitment tonight, which is unfortunate because I’ve been obsessed with The State since I was a misanthropic flannel-clad 14-year-old. I’ve blogged about their continuing shenanigans, from the film “The Ten” (Wain’s second directorial effort, featuring cameos from the whole group), to Stella (the comedy trio consisting of Wain, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black) to the show where it all began. If you attend, tell Mr. Wain I say hello and watch as he looks at you like, “who?”

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