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The 15 Funniest, Sweatiest Summer Camp Movies

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Ah, summer camp. There’s something about being away from Mom and Dad and under the supervision of a bunch of college kids who really couldn’t care less that sets the mischief and the hormones raging.

With Wet Hot American Summer airing this month on IFC, let’s take a look at the ten summer camp movies that capture the hilariously awkward moments we all remember from long summer days of swimming, hiking, and raiding the girls’ bunks.

1. Meatballs

A young Bill Murray anchors this classic ’80s summer camp flick where he spends the season in pursuit of a lovely co­counselor. There’s remarkably no actual nudity in this puppy (the many sequels more than made up for that), but lots of babes in bikinis and some very frank discussion about the birds and bees (and we’re not talking about the ones on nature walks).


2. Wet Hot American Summer

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David Wain and Michael Showalter’s cult comedy perfectly spoofed the amped up hormonal campers and counselors from ’80s summer camp movies. Whether it’s Victor trying to get his swerve on with Abby or Gene’s dick cream issues, this one is dripping with sexual and comedic tension. (Click here to see all airings of Wet Hot American Summer on IFC.)


3. But I’m a Cheerleader

This underrated comedy stars Orange Is the New Black inmate Natasha Lyonne as a lesbian cheerleader sent by her parents to conversion therapy camp. The result is a fun and uplifting story about finding your true self with Cathy Moriarty in a hilarious turn as the insane camp leader.


4. Addams Family Values 

This sequel to the ’90s favorite sends the Addams kids to rich kid summer retreat Camp Chippewa with darkly humorous results. You’ll never look at aquatic life saving lessons the same way again.


5. Moonrise Kingdom

Is this the best movie about Boy Scout Camp? Probably. It also captures the awkwardly hilarious pangs of your first summer love.


6. Heavyweights

Judd Apatow cowrote this raccous ’90s comedy about a fat camp that features a memorable turn from Ben Stiller as a fitness guru who takes weight loss to the extreme. He’s basically Derek Zoolander’s evil twin brother.


7. American Pie Presents: Band Camp

Yes, they’ve stretched this franchise well past the breaking point (this one stars Stifler’s little brother, for God’s sake), but we all know what happens at band camp: sexy shenanigans. This one features a scheme to make a Girls Gone Wild­-esque video series of music geeks getting their swerve on.


8. Camp

The generically­ titled Camp aimed to bring the ’80s summer camp comedy into the 21st century with same-­sex relationships and a performing arts angle. There’s a whole ton of sexual tension and laughs in this film, and it all boils over at a benefit concert for Stephen Sondheim.


9. Little Darlings

In hindsight, this 1980 flick seems more than a little creepy. Tatum O’Neal and Kristy MacNichol play a pair of 15 year old girls who battle to be the first to pop their cherries at summer camp. But honestly, if it were dudes it would seem completely normal, so loosen up.


10. Party Camp

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When slacker Jerry spots the girl of his dreams working for a summer camp, he takes a counselor’s job to get close to her and sexy hijinks ensue. All of the soft­porn tropes are here: hidden cameras in the girls’ locker room, aphrodisiac herbs and more. If you’re a fan of ’80s Skinemax movies, this is the flick for you.


11. Fired Up!

A pair of high school football players skip out on the off-season to spend the summer at a cheerleading camp. Of course, the duo end up developing actual respect for the art of the cheer and all that feel­-good horsecrap, but until then there’s plenty of short skirts to go around.


12. Ernest Goes to Camp

The movie that launched the Ernest franchise is still his best big screen outing. Which isn’t saying all that much, but we enjoyed it when we were in first grade.


13. Camp Nowhere

’90s kids probably remember this wacky comedy where some students bribe their teacher (Christopher Lloyd) to help them start a camp where anything goes. Except time travel. That’s a different Christopher Lloyd movie.


14. Gorp

Distributor American International Pictures was a mainstay of the exploitation era, so it’s somehow fitting that their last flick was this 1980 sex comedy set at an all ­Jewish summer camp. The main characters are cooks who are all looking for love while contending with the stuck­up camp director.


15. Oddballs

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This Canuck take on the sexy summer camp flick hits all of the bases — a hot nurse with lots of cleavage, a pact to lose your virginity, and an evil businessman who wants to bulldoze the camp and turn it into a shopping mall. Oddballs is a unique flick that’s so choked with lousy jokes it becomes a surreal experience.

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Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.

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Adulting Like You Mean It

Commuters makes its debut on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Jared Warner, Nick Ciavarella, and Tim Dean were once a part of Murderfist, a group of comedy writers, actors, producers, parents, and reluctant adults. Together with InstaMiniSeries’s Nikki Borges, they’re making their IFC Comedy Crib debut with the refreshingly-honest and joyfully-hilarious Commuters. The webseries follows thirtysomethings Harris and Olivia as they brave the waters of true adulthood, and it’s right on point.

Jared, Nick, Nikki and Tim were kind enough to answer a few questions about Commuters for us. Here’s a snippet of that conversation…

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IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Nick: Two 30-somethings leave the Brooklyn life behind, and move to the New Jersey suburbs in a forced attempt to “grow up.” But they soon find out they’ve got a long way to go to get to where they want to be.

IFC: How would you describe Commuters to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jared: It’s a show about how f*cking stupid people who think they are smart can be.

IFC: What’s your origin story? When did you all meet and how long have you been working together?

Jared: Nick, Tim, and I were all in the sketch group Murderfist since, what, like 2004? God. Anyway, Tim and Nick left the group to pursue other frivolous things, like children and careers, but we all enjoyed writing together and kept at it. We were always more interested in storytelling than sketch comedy lends itself to, which led to our webseries Jared Posts A Personal. That was a show about being in your 20s and embracing the chaos of being young in the city. Commuters is the counterpoint, i guess. Our director Adam worked at Borders (~THE PAST!!~) with Tim, came out to a Murderfist show once, and we’ve kept him imprisoned ever since.

IFC: What was the genesis of Commuters?

Tim: Jared had an idea for a series about the more realistic, less romantic aspects of being in a serious relationship.  I moved out of the city to the suburbs and Nick got engaged out in LA.   We sort of combined all of those facets and Commuters was the end result.

IFC: How would Harris describe Olivia?

Jared: Olivia is the smartest, coolest, hottest person in the world, and Harris can’t believe he gets to be with her, even though she does overreact to everything and has no chill. Like seriously, ease up. It doesn’t always have to be ‘a thing.’

IFC: How would Olivia describe Harris?

Nikki:  Harris is smart, confident with a dry sense of humor but he’s also kind of a major chicken shit…. Kind of like if Han Solo and Barney Rubble had a baby.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Nikki:  I think this is the most accurate portrayal of what a modern relationship looks like. Expectations for what your life is ‘supposed to look like’ are confusing and often a let down but when you’re married to your best friend, it’s going to be ok because you will always find a way to make each other laugh.

IFC: Is the exciting life of NYC twentysomethings a sweet dream from which we all must awake, or is it a nightmare that we don’t realize is happening until it’s over?

Tim: Now that i’ve spent time living in the suburbs, helping to raise a two year old, y’all city folk have no fucking clue how great you’ve got it.

Nikki: I think of it similar to how I think about college. There’s a time and age for it to be glorious but no one wants to hang out with that 7th year senior. Luckily, NYC is so multifaceted that you can still have an exciting life here but it doesn’t have to be just what the twentysomethings are doing (thank god).

Jared: New York City is a garbage fire.

See the whole season of Commuters right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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A Man Mansplains To Men

Why Baroness von Sketch Show is a must-see.

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Mansplaining is when a man takes it upon himself to explain something to a woman that she already knows. It happens a lot, but it’s not going to happen here. Ladies, go ahead and skip to the end of this post to watch a free episode of IFC’s latest addition, Baroness von Sketch Show.

However, if you’re a man, you might actually benefit from a good mansplanation. So take a knee, lean in, and absorb the following wisdom.

No Dicks

Baroness von Sketch Show is made entirely by women, therefore this show isn’t focused on men. Can you believe it? I know what you’re thinking: how will we know when to laugh if the jokes aren’t viewed through the dusty lens of the patriarchy? Where are the thinly veiled penis jokes? Am I a bad person? In order: you will, nowhere, and yes.

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Huge Balls

Did you know that there’s more to life than poop jokes, sex jokes, body part jokes? I mean, those things are all really good things, natch, and totally edgy. But Baroness von Sketch Show does something even edgier. It holds up a brutal funhouse mirror to our everyday life. This is a bulls**t world we made, fellas.

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Oh Canada

After you watch the Canadian powerhouses of Baroness von Sketch Show and think to yourself “Dear god, this is so real” and “I’ve gotta talk about this,” do yourself a favor and think a-boot your options: Refrain from sharing your sage wisdom with any woman anywhere (believe us, she gets it). Instead, tell a fellow bro and get the mansplaining out of your system while also spreading the word about a great show.

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Dudes, that’s the deal.
Women, start reading again here:


Check out the preview episode of Baroness von Sketch Show and watch the series premiere August 2 on IFC.

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