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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 12 June 1998 (USA)
Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.
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Brian Hall ...
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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>

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Yesterday's history. Tomorrow's the future. Tonight's the party. 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)  »

Also Known As:

The Party  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,025,910, 14 June 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,339,117, 30 August 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Seven of the film's cast members would all go on to do television shows. Jennifer Love-Hewitt would go on to do The Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds, Lauren Ambrose in Six Feet Under, Peter Facinelli in Damages, Seth Green in Family Guy, Donald Faison in Scrubs, Jaime Pressly in My Name Is Earl and Mom, and Jason Segel in How I Met Your Mother. Ethan Embry in Brotherhood and made a guest appearance at the beginning of the six season of The Walking Dead. See more »

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When Amanda enters the party, a ring can be seen on both of Preston's right and left hand ring fingers, but in the next scene he only is wearing one on the right hand. See more »

Quotes

Kenny Fisher: 'Sup, ladies? Yo Jana, wanna dance?
Jana: I'm allergic.
Kenny Fisher: You're allergic to dancing?
Jana: Yeah.
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Crazy Credits

William's two friends are walking along a street discusing that missing the party was no big deal when a UFO shadow appears on them (like the one in ID4) and they are abducted by it See more »

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Referenced in Chuck: Chuck Versus the Cougars (2008) See more »

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Mandy
Written by Scott English and Richard Kerr
Performed by Barry Manilow
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
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One of the better teen comedies.
31 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Again, like the many, many teen comedies to come before it, CAN'T HARDLY WAIT has you watching as the teenagers run around, crack jokes, yell at each other, scream, drink beer, and kiss and fall in love. Yes, it's all very mushy and romantic. Not so much in this movie...

Like 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, this movie doesn't really concentrate on the romantic elements until later in the film, which I like. It is more original and gives the movie more flavor. This is why most of these teen romance flicks are not really big at the box office. Its because they are predictable, they have been done a thousand times before and because everyone knows how it will turn out. That is why horror movies are always big. Because at least with a horror movie you usually have to figure out who the masked killer is or something like that. But with these boring teen comedies, you always know how it will turn out. This movie is different.

You never really know what is going to happen, because this movie takes the honor of having a very large cast of characters and follows each of them very specifically, developing a story and history for each of them. The cast includes Ethan Embry, Seth Green, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa Joan Hart, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Jenna Elfman, Breckin Meyer, Sean Patrick Thomas, Brandon Williams, Jaime Pressly, Liz Stauber, Clea DuVall, Brian Klugman, and Jerry O'Connel have parts in this movie. Many of these people only have small cameos, but all are hilarious in this delightfully funny teen romp.

CAN'T HARDLY WAIT gets 5/5.


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