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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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Ranks high in its genre See more (243 total) »


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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 Reon Shannon ... Reddi Whip Kid (as Vicellous Shannon)

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)
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
Mary Beth Bocchicchio .... set costumer (as Mary Beth Ramsey)
Eden Clark Coblenz .... wardrobe supervisor (as Eden C. Coblenz)
Shari Gray .... costumer
Lisa Halperin .... set costumer
Damien Quinn .... 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)
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)
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
Stephen Fischer .... location manager
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)
Paul Guyot .... stand-in (uncredited)
Dominique Jaramillo .... production medic (uncredited)
Chris Miller .... technical services (uncredited)
Jeffrey D. Stevens .... key 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?

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 »
Miscellaneous: At the beginning of the movie, several characters (including Preston) are introduced with yearbook entries. Toward the end of the movie, we see Preston's entry in the actual yearbook. The two almost match, but not quite; the actual yearbook includes French Club, but this is omitted from the introductory bit.See more »
Mike Dexter:Who's gonna want you now?
Amanda Becket:[Looking at her letter] Somebody.
Mike Dexter:Somebody? More like... nobody!
Amanda Becket:Gosh, Mike. You really got me.
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Ranks high in its genre, 22 January 2000
Author: cdr-2 from Amsterdam

What a sweet movie this is! Predictable all the way, but saved by it's extremely likeable cast: Ethan Embry, as the daydreamer nice guy, Seth Green, showing off is talent in his part as a wigger and the photogenic Jennifer Love Hewitt, who has the part of "perfect girl" down to perfection. (Is there any other way to describe it? She really is that good at it.)

Like most good films in its genre Can't Hardly Wait has many witty moments, pace and charm. The parallels with Fast Times At Ridgemont High are obvious.

Seth Green as a white boy who really would rather have been a black boy is a very funny and to the point social comment. It's a shame, however, that the film can't break loose from the stereotypes that resurface in every teen comedy. There's the blonde bimbos who just look pretty and are armpieces to the jocks. There's the jocks who drink beer and pick on the nerds. There's the nerds who have big glasses and re-enact scenes from Star Wars and the likes. Why don't producers seem able to break away from those stereotypes? The moments where these characters are brought into play, the boring slapstick they engage in... Those are the moments where the film loses it's pace and that's why these films only brush upon interesting subject matter. This is also the reason why new generations won't be bored to watch until the end of this film in twenty years time. I know I changed the channel 30 minutes into Fast Times...

Without the everlasting stereotypes and standard storylines (nice boy wants girl... nerd gets cheerleader for one night or forever more) this kind of film might actually distinguish itself. As long as that doesn't change the rating of this film is likely to remain stuck at 6.3, at which it is stuck right now. That's where the genre deserves to be as it is. I rate this film slightly higher at 7.

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