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Can't Hardly Wait

Can't Hardly Wait

4.1 9
Director: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry


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After the Huntington Hills High graduation ceremony, the fun gets underway at the graduation party where an assortment of jocks, geeks, prom queens, bimbos, headbangers, and nerdy misfits unload four years' worth of emotional baggage at a house where the hostess (Michelle Brookhurst) loses control of her guests. Writer wannabe Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) has been in


After the Huntington Hills High graduation ceremony, the fun gets underway at the graduation party where an assortment of jocks, geeks, prom queens, bimbos, headbangers, and nerdy misfits unload four years' worth of emotional baggage at a house where the hostess (Michelle Brookhurst) loses control of her guests. Writer wannabe Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) has been in love with Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt of Party of Five) since the first time he saw her during their freshman year. His tormented infatuation with Amanda has intensified throughout high school and culminates at the party, where Preston must now seize this final opportunity to proclaim his love for her before he leaves the next day for Boston. Preston decides to make his move at some point during the party, a particularly auspicious occasion since Amanda has just been dumped by her super-jock boyfriend, Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli), who wanted freedom to pursue his testosterone-charged fantasies with college women. Cringing at this ludicrous love triangle is Preston's introverted pal and confidante, Denise Fleming (Lauren Ambrose). When Denise runs into her ex-childhood friend Kenny (Seth Green), the two begin sexual experimentation behind the closed bathroom door. Geeky science-fiction fan William Lichter (Charlie Korsmo) devises a plan to ruin Mike's stud reputation and publicly humiliate him and his meathead buddies -- sweet revenge for four years of agony. Former Huntington Hills graduate Trip McNieley (Jerry O'Connell) tells Mike about the terror awaiting in college where "Guys like us are a dime a dozen." Yearbook Girl (Melissa Joan Hart of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch) wants everyone to sign her cherished volume of memories as the partying teens attempt to move into the uncertain future. Party house exteriors were shot on Rubio Street in Altadena, California, and other California locations included Johnnie's Broiler in downtown Downey, Dutton's Book Store in Reseda, Marshall High School in Los Feliz, and Union Station in LA. With more than 70 speaking parts, this film is the directorial debut of the scriptwriting team of Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont.

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Charlie Brown once said, "Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love." For Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry), who's spent four years of high school infatuated with Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) from afar, those words ring agonizingly true. This is the movies, however, where love is permitted to remain unrequited for only so long. Preston's last hope is the Huntington Hills High graduation bash, peopled by the usual assortment of cliques -- jocks, nerds, brown-nosers, etc., all of whom seem to be hell-bent on ruining Preston's final shot at love. Hewitt shows a modicum of range as the prom queen who's finally mustered the courage to break up with her jerky jock boyfriend, Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli). But the hidden gem here is undeniably Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), in a heartfelt turn as Preston's counsel on matters of romance. As a side note, Can't Hardly Wait appears to have been a fertile casting ground for Six Feet Under, as Freddy Rodriguez, Eric Balfour, and Ambrose all went on to star in HBO's acclaimed funeral parlor drama. Amid the sea of teen comedies released during the late '90s, Can't Hardly Wait stakes its claim as the only one to have a largely unsympathetic protagonist (and actually get away with it); Embry's Preston Meyers is simply too pitiful a character to actually root for. Perhaps Can't Hardly Wait's intended message involves the meek inheriting the earth, in which case Preston is right on track.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Just when it seemed that Hollywood had forgotten about teen sex comedies in the vein of Porky's and Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the aptly titled The Party was created. Most likely inspired by the epic party scenes featured in many John Hughes flicks, screenwriters Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont envisioned an entire movie that occurred during a raging high-school gala. Later retitled Can't Hardly Wait, the film possesses the look and feel of a John Hughes classic, but lacks the heart and three-dimensional characters. The narrative features a wide variety of stock characters including the geeks, the football star, the hip-hop kid, the bitchy girl, and a foreign guy similar to infamous Long Duck Dong. Occasionally, the story strays from the typical sophomoric gags and becomes an amusing exploration of young love in the '90s. Unfortunately, Kaplan and Elfont's script lurches awkwardly from romantic showdowns to deep conversations to bathroom humor. It does manage to become charming when high school clichés aren't tossed about and the characters exist in a more "real" world. Supposedly, the funniest moments of the movie were removed (i.e. a "drunk girl" character) to garner its PG-13 rating. For fans of Jeff Spicolli and Lloyd Dobler, Can't Hardly Wait will be a bit of celluloid nostalgia. But those searching for a real-life, poignant exploration of the high school experience should venture back a decade and watch a film starring Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald.

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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary with filmmakers and cast - 10 years later; Original commentary with filmmakers and cast; Deleted scenes; Huntington Hills High Class of '98 Reunion; Can't Hardly Wait: The making of a teen classic; The Life of the Party; You Know Your '90s If... trivia game; Special K's 411 track yo'; "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" music video by Smash Mouth

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jennifer Love Hewitt Amanda
Ethan Embry Preston
Charlie Korsmo William
Lauren Ambrose Denise
Peter Facinelli Mike
Seth Green Kenny
Michelle Brookhurst girl whose party it is
Alexander Martin Exchange Student
Erik Palladino Cousin Ron
Jerry O'Connell Trip McNieley
Breckin Meyer Lead singer of the band
Jaime Pressly Girlfriend #1 (Beth)
Chris Owen Klepto Kid
Melissa Joan Hart Yearbook Girl (Vicki)
Sara Rue Earth Girl
Selma Blair Girl Mike Hits On #1
Brian Klugman Actor

Technical Credits
Harry Elfont Director,Screenwriter
Deborah Kaplan Director,Screenwriter
Lloyd Ahern Cinematographer
Jan K. Bergstrom Set Decoration/Design
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Graves Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Marcia Hinds-Johnson Production Designer
Michael Jablow Editor
Bo Johnson Art Director
David Kirschner Sound/Sound Designer
David Kitay Score Composer
Karen Koch Co-producer
Anne McCarthy Casting
Matthew Sweet Score Composer
Betty Thomas Producer
Jenno Topping Producer
Mary Vernieu Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Can't Hardly Wait
1. Chapter 1 [3:15]
2. Chapter 2 [2:41]
3. Chapter 3 [5:10]
4. Chapter 4 [3:05]
5. Chapter 5 [2:28]
6. Chapter 6 [4:37]
7. Chapter 7 [3:25]
8. Chapter 8 [2:14]
9. Chapter 9 [3:35]
10. Chapter 10 [3:36]
11. Chapter 11 [4:12]
12. Chapter 12 [3:32]
13. Chapter 13 [3:37]
14. Chapter 14 [2:57]
15. Chapter 15 [5:14]
16. Chapter 16 [3:31]
17. Chapter 17 [5:22]
18. Chapter 18 [3:44]
19. Chapter 19 [3:32]
20. Chapter 20 [2:31]
21. Chapter 21 [2:00]
22. Chapter 22 [4:08]
23. Chapter 23 [6:51]
24. Chapter 24 [:47]
25. Chapter 25 [3:01]
26. Chapter 26 [2:11]
27. Chapter 27 [3:01]
28. Chapter 28 [6:00]


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Can't Hardly Wait 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
Teenagers are lame.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I lived this movie, the whole thing WAS the last party from my HS graduation. Kind of weird, but the fact is the stereotypes are funny because they are real and, OF COURSE, exaggerated. It is a comedy, but sitting there, you start to assign names from your school, at least I could! I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who graduated HS from 1994-2000, or maybe anyone who want to laugh at us. Seth Green is hilarious, I swear he learned his character from the ¿oppressed¿ white kids at my school. Jerry O¿Connell also does great as the former jock who got to the real world. Ethan Embry is a perfect indecisive and infatuated teen. Just perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. It has great actors and is so funny! I liked the Angel Stripper. That was original. I also thought it was funny that two of them got trapped in the bathroom. The end was great because they show how everyone ends up when all is said and done. Very funny movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a corny movie about teenagers and high school romance. Myself being a teenager, found the movie to be insulting and superficial. The cheerleaders are ''blondes.'' The football players have been hit one to many times. The nerds are the smart but weird ones that are picked on by the football players. The whole movie just is the ''classic teen flick.'' I wouldn't recommend this movie but if you end up wanting to see Can't Hardly Wait. Rent it. That way you can return it within five days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie is good i have the dvd and i love it the guy has a letter which he's had for 4 years being in love with Amanda Becket played by Jennifer Love Hewit who was beautiful in the film then theres Kenny Fisher the ladies man atleast thats what he thinks played by Seth Green who's real funny and super cute the movie is anout teens in highschool highschools over now's the party and you can't forgert Ethan Embry he was the guy in love with Jennifer Hewit he was real cute one movie that i'll never forget!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the movie, Can't Hardly Wait''. I could live off of this romantic comedy. I really sugest that you, you, and of course you, watch it today. You will get your moneys worth out of it. If you are a Seth Green fan, like me, or an Ethan Embry fan, you should rwally watch it. E'mail me for any questions. TTFN
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My entire High School fun and experience was based on this movie. To this day, after I have graduated, I still do the quotes that are most popular from this very funny teen flick. I suggest you buy this movie and notice the little hidden suprises such as the kid who always steals stuff in the background.