Can't Hardly Wait

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Sony / Columbia Released 1998

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Director:
Harry Elfont , Deborah Kaplan
Released:
1998
Rating:
PG-13

Canâ��t Hardly Wait is a 1998 American romantic comedy movie by directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, starring Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. Canâ��t Hardly Wait is set at a high school graduation party, where an eclectic group of Pennsylvanian recent high school graduates celebrate their graduation at the home of a rich class member. The party guests have various goals for the evening: misfit Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) is determined to proclaim his love for prom queen Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt), on whom he has had a four year crush; Kenny Fisher (Seth Green) is determined to lose his virginity once and for all; and the slightly-crazy Willam Lichter (Charlie Korsmo) wants revenge on top jock Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli), who also happens to be Amandaâ��s recent ex-boyfriend, for making his high school years miserable. All of these various plans put together in a hormone-ladden and booze-flowing party environment lead to some comedic situations. Canâ��t Hardly Wait was nominated for a 1999 MTV Movie Award and a 1999 Young Artist Award.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    For all its nonstop energy and high spirits, Can't Hardly Wait allows its characters to emerge as fully dimensional individuals; they've been written with care and perception and p...

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    [The writers/directors] show easygoing humor and the wisdom to borrow well. Their film at various times recalls tenderhearted coming-of-age comedies from "American Graffiti" onward...

  • 50

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    A mediocre attempt to recapture the exuberance and candid portraiture of such high school movie classics as "American Graffiti," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Dazed and Confu...

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Comedy, Drama

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Romantic Comedy, Teen, Love & Romance