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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

PG-13  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Girl Whose Party It Is
Exchange Student
Cousin Ron
Jock #1
Jock #2
Jock #3 (as Freddy Rodriguez)
X-Phile #1
X-Phile #2
Brian Hall ...
Real Homeboy


It's 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 who just broke up with her boyfriend, and one head-case who 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For the class of 1998, the last night of high school is the first night of the rest of their lives. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for teen drinking and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Party  »

Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point, Denise says "Don't look back. You should never look back." This is a quote from the Don Henley song "Boys of Summer", which was released in 1984. See more »


When Amanda takes a bite of the strawberry pop-tart, she places it back on the middle of the desk. When the camera returns, the pop-tart is at the end of the desk and falls off. See more »


William: You... have to come with me. There's this chick... there's these two chicks... they're triplets, man. You're not going to believe what they're doing. Not because I made it up or anything but because it is so... unbelievable. Come on out to the pool house, 'cause they told me to tell you... they want you to watch. So, come out... the pool house, come on...
Mike Dexter: [interrupting him] I'm a loser. I broke up with the hottest girl in school, my friends all sold me out... and somebody in there just ...
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Crazy Credits

Yearbook photos of all the characters in the movie are shown as the end credits roll. See more »


References Sherman Oaks (1995) See more »


Hit 'Em Wit Da Hee
Written by Missy Elliott (as Missy Elliott), Tim Mosley, Lil' Kim (as Kimberly Jones) and Mocha (as Alicia Richards)
Produced by Tim Mosley (as Timbaland)
Performed by Missy Elliott (Featuring Lil' Kim (as Lil' Kim) and Mocha)
Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott appears courtesy of The Gold Mind, Inc./Elektra Entertainment Group
Lil' Kim appears courtesy of Undeas Recordings/Big Beat/Atlantic Recording Corp.
Mocha appears courtesy of The Gold Mind, Inc.
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I loved it!
8 March 2000 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

The plot was ok. I love the actors. Jennifer Love Hewitt was amazing. She really pulled it off. Ethan, of course, was good. He made Preston Meyers the person we all cheered for. Seth Green once again came through with his humour and his serious side. The movie is a good movie if you want a laugh, or if your a romance type person, it's also very good. Or if you just want to relax and watch a pretty good movie, this is it.

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