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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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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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Continuity: When Amanda comes down the stairs her hair is done. In the next shot when she reaches the bottom of the stairs coming in to the yard, her hair is very flat. Then Preston says "Amanda, I love you" she turns around and her hair is done again.See more »
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44 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Much much better than Never Been Kissed, 28 June 1999
Author: Dan Grant ( from Toronto, Ontario

I am a product of the 80's slasher film and the teenage film generation. Films in the 80's like Fast Times, Wild Life, Revenge of the Nerds and Ferris Bueller's Day Off and such, were films that may not have been classics to the critics, but to a fifteen year old boy, they were our Citizen Kane. They taught us how to pick up women, how to attempt to have sex, how to skip school and why to skip school. They taught us that parents and adults really don't understand us and that kids really aren't that bad, we just want to have a bit of fun before life gets too serious. We have all been through emotions and experiences like the ones that those movies preach about, so it is easy for us to relate to what those films are trying to say. And it makes it that much more fun to relive those experiences ten years later. Can't Hardly Wait is the closest to an 80's teen film that I have seen in quite some time. Compared to films like the aforementioned Never Been Kissed and even She's All That, this movie is a classic.

The film was written and directed by Harry Elfont and Debra Kaplan, and if they are not about my age ( late 20's ) they certainly are lovers of 80's teen films, because it shows here that they did their homework. Some of the scenes in this film are complete homages to great 80's films like Sixteen Candles ( the two geeks on the roof ) Wild Life ( a huge party where some of the characters grow up and learn a bit about themselves and each other) and even Say Anything ( a not so popular guy in love with the school hotty.) It seems to me that Harry and Debra are lovers of the films that made growing up in the eighties so much fun.

The story is about a party on the day of the completion of exams. Here we meet all the major players in the film. And yes, they are all contrived, but that is what a film like this is about. They were not trying to re-invent the wheel here, they were trying to stick to a formula that made so many movies work. You have Amanda Beckett ( Hewitt ), the prom queen that just got broken up with by the star jock named Mike Dexter ( played with so much zeal by Peter Facinelli, look for him to have a future in Hollywood ). Then you have Preston ( Ethan Embry ) who is not necessarily a geek but he is far from a popular jock, think of Dawson. Anyway, he has loved Amanda for all of highschool and now he is finally getting the guts to tell her of his undying passion for her. You also have William Lichter, who is the school geek that comes of age in the party. He does all the things that you would expect a typically written geek in a film to do--- get drunk, have a public display of wildness that gets people to see him in a new light, and of course, in here it is his karaoking to Paradise City ( which is one of the film's funnier scenes ) and of course get laid. As I said, this movie sticks to a very popular formula. Don't look for a film like this to say new and something profound about today's youth. This movie is here to entertain and that is it. And it does that well.

Also you have Kenny Fischer ( Seth Green ) as a very white guy who thinks he is black to cover up his insecurities, and his friend from public school named Denise. Needless to say many issues are going to be raised at the party and some of them are hilarious.

A great cameo is turned in by Jerry O'Connell who plays Trip McNeely ( the ultimate jock name ). He was idolized by all the cool kids when he went to their high school. Now he is in university and according to him , in a converstion with Mike Dexter, he tells him that " guys like me and you bro are a dime a dozen. Chicks are a lot different in college. They care about the environment and things and they all date guys that are in pre-med. " It is a very funny scene.

What makes this movie so much fun to watch is that it is reminiscent of an 80's film. And that is the highest compliment that I can give it. Because, just like they don't know how to make movies like Halloween and Nightmare On Elm Street anymore, they sure as hell don't know how to make films like Breakfast Club, The Sure Thing and Secret Admirer. But this film comes really close to being like those. And if you remember those ones as films that were some of your favorites when you were sixteen, see this, it will make you laugh and entertain you, and that is an accomplishment on its own.

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