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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  12 June 1998 (USA)
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Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.

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Girl Whose Party It Is
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Exchange Student
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Jock #1
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Storyline

Its high school graduation, and like all seniors they want to party. So 500 high school seniors look forward to a party, while in the meantime a boy wants to get a girl he's loved for years that just broke up with her boyfriend and one head-case that wants revenge on a lifelong bully. So the party comes, things develop. People have sex, drink, and go along with most of the guidelines of a high school graduation party. Written by Robbie Cooper <tweak@snet.net>

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An event eighteen years in the making. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for teen drinking and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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12 June 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,025,910 (USA) (12 June 1998)

Gross:

$25,339,117 (USA) (28 August 1998)
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Trivia

The title is a reference to the song "Can't hardly wait" by 89/90's garage rock band The Replacements. See more »

Goofs

When William goes into the house and gets a beer, he takes a sip from a half full glass and spits it out. Almost immediately after, he takes another sip, and the cup is almost full. See more »

Quotes

X-Phile 1: I'm telling you, that patch of sky right up there above those powerlines is like a superhighway for UFO activity.
X-Phile 2: [sighs] Yeah, right. I wonder how William's doing at the party. I just hope he isn't having any trouble blending in.
[cut to a very drunk William, at the center of attention, downing coutless shots of liquor to show off to a crowd]
William: [to himself] Isn't there something I was supposed to do tonight?
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After all the credits are done rolling Mike Dexter yells out "I'll kick everyone's ass in this room" which he said earlier on in the film. See more »

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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Waiting For A Girl Like You
Written by Mick Jones and Lou Gramm
Performed by Foreigner
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Ranks high in its genre
22 January 2000 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

What a sweet movie this is! Predictable all the way, but saved by it's extremely likeable cast: Ethan Embry, as the daydreamer nice guy, Seth Green, showing off is talent in his part as a wigger and the photogenic Jennifer Love Hewitt, who has the part of "perfect girl" down to perfection. (Is there any other way to describe it? She really is that good at it.)

Like most good films in its genre Can't Hardly Wait has many witty moments, pace and charm. The parallels with Fast Times At Ridgemont High are obvious.

Seth Green as a white boy who really would rather have been a black boy is a very funny and to the point social comment. It's a shame, however, that the film can't break loose from the stereotypes that resurface in every teen comedy. There's the blonde bimbos who just look pretty and are armpieces to the jocks. There's the jocks who drink beer and pick on the nerds. There's the nerds who have big glasses and re-enact scenes from Star Wars and the likes. Why don't producers seem able to break away from those stereotypes? The moments where these characters are brought into play, the boring slapstick they engage in... Those are the moments where the film loses it's pace and that's why these films only brush upon interesting subject matter. This is also the reason why new generations won't be bored to watch until the end of this film in twenty years time. I know I changed the channel 30 minutes into Fast Times...

Without the everlasting stereotypes and standard storylines (nice boy wants girl... nerd gets cheerleader for one night or forever more) this kind of film might actually distinguish itself. As long as that doesn't change the rating of this film is likely to remain stuck at 6.3, at which it is stuck right now. That's where the genre deserves to be as it is. I rate this film slightly higher at 7.


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