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The 15 Funniest, Sweatiest Summer Camp Movies

Wet Hot American Summer

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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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Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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