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Can't Hardly Wait -- Commencement ceremony is over, it's time for Huntington High's graduation party as jocks, geeks, prom queens, and misfits alike make a statement about the past and plot the uncertain future in this raucus comedy.
Can't Hardly Wait -- Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.


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Writers (WGA):
Deborah Kaplan (written by) &
Harry Elfont (written by)
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Release Date:
12 June 1998 (USA) See more »
For the class of 1998, the last night of high school is the first night of the rest of their lives. See more »
Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Amanda Beckett

Ethan Embry ... Preston Meyers

Charlie Korsmo ... William Lichter

Lauren Ambrose ... Denise Fleming

Peter Facinelli ... Mike Dexter

Seth Green ... Kenny Fisher

Michelle Brookhurst ... Girl Whose Party It Is

Alexander Martin ... Exchange Student

Erik Palladino ... Cousin Ron

Channon Roe ... Jock #1

Sean Patrick Thomas ... Jock #2

Freddy Rodríguez ... Jock #3 (as Freddy Rodriguez)

Joel Michaely ... X-Phile #1

Jay Paulson ... X-Phile #2
Brian Hall ... Real Homeboy

Branden Williams ... Homeboy #1

Robert Jayne ... Homeboy #2 (as Bobby Jacoby)
Johnny Zander ... Guitar Player

Donald Faison ... Drummer

Alec Ledd ... Bass Player (as Alaa Khaled)

Jaime Pressly ... Girlfriend #1 (as Jamie Pressly)

Tamala Jones ... Girlfriend #2

Jennifer Lyons ... Girlfriend #3

Seth Peterson ... Keg Guy

Angelo Vacco ... Beer Drinker
Nick Paulos ... Beer Drinker

Chris Owen ... Klepto Kid

Vicellous Shannon ... Reddi Whip Kid

Victor Togunde ... Reminiscing Guy

Monica McSwain ... Groupie

Marisol Nichols ... Groupie

Liz Stauber ... Gossipy Girl

Nicole Bilderback ... Ready to Have Sex Girl

Jason Segel ... Watermelon Guy

Paige Moss ... Ashley

Clea DuVall ... Jana (as Clea Duvall)

Leslie Grossman ... Ready to Have Sex's Friend

Ali MacLean ... Language Lab Girl

Brian Klugman ... Stoner Guy
Meadow Sisto ... Hippie Girl

Eric Balfour ... Hippie Guy

Selma Blair ... Girl Mike Hits On #1

Jennifer Paz ... Girl Mike Hits On #2

Sara Rue ... Earth Girl
Nils Larsen ... Skinny Guy

Steve Monroe ... Headbanger
Eric Brice Scott ... Hockey Guy

Christopher Wiehl ... Horny Guy (as Chris Wiehl)
John Patrick White ... Tassel Guy

Jamie Donnelly ... Teacher

Reni Santoni ... Cop
Rob Roy Fitzgerald ... Cop

Corinne Reilly ... Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Amber Benson ... Stoned Girl (scenes deleted)

Jennifer Elise Cox ... Crowd Surfing Girl (uncredited)

Jenna Elfman ... The Angel (uncredited)
Harry Elfont ... Graduation Student (voice) (uncredited)

Alexandra Ella ... Giggle Girl (uncredited)

Shannon Frank ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Melissa Joan Hart ... Yearbook Girl (uncredited)
Shalen Hutchings ... Drunk Guy (uncredited)
Arden James ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Deborah Kaplan ... Graduation Student (voice) (uncredited)

Will Klipstine ... Drunk Partygoer (uncredited)

Breckin Meyer ... Lead Singer (uncredited)

Jerry O'Connell ... Trip McNeely (uncredited)

Mary Ann Schmidt ... All Night Party Guest (uncredited)
Dan Walker ... Party guest (uncredited)
Tracy R. West ... Sydney, Graduate Student (uncredited)

Scott Ryan Whinery ... Graduate Student (uncredited)

Johnny Whitworth ... Gum Boy (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Elfont 
Deborah Kaplan 
Writing credits
Deborah Kaplan (written by) &
Harry Elfont (written by)

Produced by
Richard Graves .... associate producer
Karen Koch .... co-producer
Betty Thomas .... producer
Jenno Topping .... producer
Original Music by
David Kitay 
Cinematography by
Lloyd Ahern II (director of photography) (as Lloyd Ahern)
Film Editing by
Michael Jablow 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Marcia Hinds  (as Marcia Hinds-Johnson)
Adam Short 
Art Direction by
Bo Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Jan K. Bergstrom  (as Jan Bergstrom)
Costume Design by
Mark Bridges 
Makeup Department
John Damiani .... key makeup artist
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist
Voni Hinkle .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Kerry Mendenhall .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Shari Perry .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Wendy Robin .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Karen Koch .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Ascher .... second second assistant director (as David L. Ascher)
Richard Graves .... first assistant director
Susan J. Hellmann .... second assistant director
Art Department
Craig B. Ayers Sr. .... greensman
Russell Bobbitt .... property master
Tracy Bobbitt .... assistant props (as Tracy M. Bobbitt)
Bryan D. Garofalo .... assistant property master
Joseph P. Lucky .... set designer
Jeff Passanante .... construction coordinator
Eric Sundahl .... set designer
Donald B. Woodruff .... set designer
Thomas E. Brown .... paint supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Casey .... set dresser (uncredited)
Daren Dochterman .... illustrator (uncredited)
Jim Gmuer .... set dresser (uncredited)
Scott Lafferty .... propmaker (uncredited)
Tim R. Lafferty .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Scott MacLachlan .... property maker (uncredited)
Todd Morris .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Jodi Tripi .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
John H. Arrufat .... dialogue editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator
David B. Cohn .... supervising adr editor
David M. Cowan .... dialogue editor
Ali Derakhshan .... assistant sound editor
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer (as Nerses Auguste Gezalyan)
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Drake Jenevein .... assistant sound editor
Roxanne Jones .... supervising sound editor
David Kirschner .... production sound mixer
Mark Lanza .... sound effects editor (as Mark A. Lanza)
Patricio A. Libenson .... foley editor (as Patricio Libenson)
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Perry .... sound re-recording mixer
Diana J. Rogers .... apprentice sound editor
Steven Ticknor .... sound effects editor
Scott A. Tinsley .... foley editor (as Scot Tinsely)
David F. Van Slyke .... sound effects editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist (as Jeff Wilhoit)
David Williams .... dialogue editor
Matt Colleran .... dubbing recordist (uncredited)
Lisa Varetakis .... sound editor (TV version) (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Lou Carlucci .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera (uncredited)
Clay Boss .... stunt coordinator
Mitchell Dean .... stunts (uncredited)
Yannick Derrien .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... chief lighting technician
Mike Bonnaud .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Michael Bonnaud)
Anthony R. Collier .... second grip
Mark W. Elias .... key grip
Joe Kraft .... dolly grip
Mark La Bonge .... camera operator (as Mark LaBonge)
Todd McMullen .... first assistant camera
Darren Michaels .... unit still photographer
Sean J. O'Shea .... second assistant camera (as Sean O'Shea)
Pasquale Attanasio .... grip: re-shoot (uncredited)
Michael Cassidy .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jerry Kim .... grip (uncredited)
Luis Moreno .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Chris Weigand .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Leigh French .... voice casting
Judy Cook .... extras casting (uncredited)
Joseph Hicks .... extras casting (uncredited)
Freddy Luis .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eden Clark Coblenz .... wardrobe supervisor (as Eden C. Coblenz)
Shari Gray .... costumer
Lisa Halperin .... set costumer
Damien Quinn .... costumer
Mary Beth Ramsey .... set costumer
Lori Jean Sacks .... costumer (as Lori Sacks)
Editorial Department
Linda DeMarco .... color timer (as Linda Demarco)
Heather Mullen .... first assistant editor
Jud Nealon .... assistant editor
Eric Wiler .... assistant editor
Dale Jones .... avid technician (uncredited)
Eric Rigney .... avid technician (uncredited)
Location Management
Stephen Fischer .... location manager
Music Department
Tim Boyle .... score mixer
Stuart Grusin .... music editor
Carlton Kaller .... music editor
Suzan Mann .... music clearance
Ralph Sall .... executive music producer
Pete Anthony .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Brian Benison .... music preparation (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Jon Carpenter .... transportation captain
Shane Greedy .... transportation co-captain
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Jason Behrman .... assistant: Ms. Thomas
Jeff Bilger .... production assistant
Benita Brazier .... script supervisor
Patricia L. DeShields .... production accountant (as Patsy Deshields)
John Falvey .... assistant: Ms. Koch
Mary Holliday .... production assistant
Lis Peery .... assistant: Ms. Topping
Michael Peters .... assistant: Ms. Kaplan and Mr. Elfont
Claire Raskind .... unit publicist
Lisa Schafer .... assistant: Ms. Thomas
John Starr .... craft service
Louise Tolan .... production assistant
Christine White .... production coordinator
Melissa Elliott .... title designer (uncredited)
Dominique Jaramillo .... production medic (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... technical services (uncredited)
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... key set medic (uncredited)
Wayne Witherspoon .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for teen drinking and sexuality, and for language
100 min | Argentina:101 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

The film takes place on Wednesday, 17 June 1998: Barry Manilow's 55th birthday.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Preston:[narrating] It was October, freshman year. First time in history that I'd ever missed the bus. If I had arrived on time, I never would've seen her. But as it was, I was the first person at Huntington Hills High to set eyes on Amanda Beckett. It was her first day at school...See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014)See more »
Lucas With The Lid OffSee more »


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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
This one's a nice party..., 9 February 2005
Author: jpschapira from Argentina

Yeah, yeah. It is the girl, it is the boy, it is the crazy one, it is the geek, it is the popular one, it is the party. I know all those things that most of the time come along in the package of a teen movie. But this film is really one good piece. I can't say great, but I can't also say bad.

Here, unlike many teen comedies, we get to meet the characters. To know details and things about them, because they aren't comic creatures. They aren't one dimensional, you know? It always happen that some characters just got to be there, and don't have much development, but some others do. And it's not easy to create much development for one night only, because there is only a party.

This guy, Preston. He is totally mad for this girl, so that he thinks they are meant to be. And maybe they really are. And this girl, is so trapped in her world (no matter what that world is), that she's not looking anywhere else. And if she looks, it might be too late. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry are more than alright for this characters. She (Hewitt)is gorgeous, and she doesn't need a lot of effort to play Amanda's part. It's just the part of a gorgeous girl. He (Embry) is impressive. In his eyes you can see that he has been left aside, most of the time. Embry gives some kind of depth to his characters, even if he doesn't have to. I liked him in "White Squall" and I understand him here.

The rational character is Denise. She doesn't want anything to happen but she hasn't even tried. Ambrose gives simply the best performance of the movie. And Seth Green made me laugh. His character, Kenny, wants anything to happen, but he has looked to much, and needs to stop a little bit. As for William, well, he is that neutral character, he needs some new things in his routine. His life has been the same for too long. Many things could happen in this party.

All the rest of the cast is in and out, going and leaving, talking, remembering. High School is ending, it must be enjoyed, I think.

Last, but not least: there's fate...

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