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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


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Yesterday's history. Tomorrow's the future. Tonight's the party. 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?


Two characters that had their parts cut can be seen in at least two scenes that survived the cutting room floor. Crying Drunk Girl (Jennifer Elise Cox can be seen falling over in the crowd with the foreign exchange student and crowd surfing during the "Paradise City" scene, and Stoned Girl ('Amber Benson') can be seen staring at a banana in the kitchen early on in the movie. See more »


When Denise is hit with the brownie it leaves chocolate in her hair, but later in the bathroom it is on her face. See more »


Kenny Fisher: [after he spilled water on his pants] Damn, she's gonna think I got that premature evacuation!
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Crazy Credits

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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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)
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Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott appears courtesy of The Gold Mind, Inc./Elektra Entertainment Group
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best teen movie EVER!!!!!!
9 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this movie was great! i first saw it myself and it was really boring, but when i saw it w/ my friend it became my favorite. i guess this was because u feel stupid to laugh by yourself, and this is a movie u need to watch w/ someone. my fav character, like everyone else, is kenny fisher played by seth green. sadly, i know a lot of people just like him who are wannabe wangstas or wiggers. its hilarious. he reminds me so much of my best friend who's like that. also the small appearance of Jerry O'Connel was good. this is my fav Jennifer Love Hewitt movie, and a lot of people i never even heard of did a good job. i also liked the TINY roll of Breckin Myer who i think is hilarious. this isn't just a teen movie because my parents loved it.

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