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Remember the '90s? Sure you do. The music was grungier. The Marky Marks were Markier. You had to choose between your phone and the Internet. And the ponytails were occasionally sideways.
Well, if you somehow missed the decade due to an interference in the time-space continuum — or you just happen to be really young — we've assembled 15 movie clips that best represent what life, or at least movies, were like during that glorious decade. A '90s time capsule, if you will. So sit back, relax and throw on your favorite starter jacket.
Way before film dance battles occurred in 3D thunderdomes and huge flattop cuts were throwbacks, Kid 'n Play were throwing down the on-screen dance gauntlet with some fly girls in "House Party," a movie that knew enough to not let a plot get in the way of fun and »
- Adam D'Arpino
Occupying the same sort of jigsaw-puzzle headspace as Donnie Darko and Primer, +1 starts more in the teen comedy vein of Can't Hardly Wait. In a party that redefines over-the-top (strippers, eyeball shots, flaming tennis balls!), all the leads have their own agendas: David (Rhys Wakefield) wants to get back together with his newly exed girlfriend, Jill (Ashley Hinshaw); horndog Teddy (Logan Miller) wants to score; and loner Allison (uncredited twins Colleen and Suzanne Dengel) just wants to get the hell away from all these bros and hos. But when a barely explained chronal anomaly strikes, all the partygoers get stuck in a time loop—though most are too blitzed to notice. What happens when you bump into yourself from 15 minutes ago? Director Denni »
Occupying the same sort of jigsaw-puzzle headspace as Donnie Darko and Primer, +1 starts more in the teen comedy vein of Can't Hardly Wait. In a party that redefines over-the-top (strippers, eyeball shots, flaming tennis balls!), all the leads have their own agendas: David (Rhys Wakefield) wants to get back together with his newly exed girlfriend, Jill (Ashley Hinshaw); horndog Teddy (Logan Miller) wants to score; and loner Allison (uncredited twins Colleen and Suzanne Dengel) just wants to get the hell away from all these bros and hos. But when a barely explained chronal anomaly strikes, all the partygoers get stuck in a time loop—though most are too blitzed to notice. What happens when you bump into yourself from 15 minutes ago? Director Dennis Iliad »
These days, our knowledge of celebrities too often originates with paparazzi images and snarky quotes by anonymous "insiders." After a while, it's easy to forget that stars are real people. That's why HuffPost Celebrity decided to launch its all-new #nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series. Because how well do you know someone until they've shared their guiltiest pleasures?
Jennifer Love Hewitt first graced our TV screens at the age of 10 as a Disney star on "Kids Incorporated" before playing Sarah Reeves Merrin on "Party of Five" in the mid-'90s. She hit the big screen in movies like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Can't Hardly Wait" all while dabbling in the music world and in 2005 landed another gig on the CBS series "Ghost Whisperer." Now, Jlh is starring on Lifetime's "The Client List" and is expecting her first child with co-star and fiance Brian Hallisay. Is there anything she can't do? »
- Leigh Blickley
We all have our favorite movies set during high school. Many of them focus on parties. Whether your favorite is Sixteen Candles, Can't Hardly Wait, Superbad, Weird Science, or any others, the thing that makes them great is that we can relate to the varied characters from our own school lives. We have all dreamed of being the one who actually gets their dream girl or guy just like in the movies. +1 offers that same story, but with a twist. If I had the chance to try to win my dream girl's »
- Alex Maidy
This week is our 125th episode, which marks our fourth Quarter Quell. As we've done in the past, we're changing up the format this week, with each of us bringing up a film that affected the way we think about relationships and love. Patches talks about Harold and Maude and how it taught him how to open up to a girl in high school, Da7e talks about Can't Hardly Wait and the false messages it sent him, Katey talks about coping with a breakup through Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and David talks about how Certified Copy reflects the many performative aspects of relationships. Take a listen below and find your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow the show (@opkino), Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and Katey (@kateyrich) on Twitter. We also welcome your feedback, and there are »
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school.
Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough.
Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.)
2. "The Wild Thornberries"
3. Dawson and Joey
5. Mr. Feeny
7. MTV playing music videos
9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks"
10. Levar Burton
13. "The Powerpuff Girls"
14. "Smart Guy"
15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings
16. "The X-Files"
17. Rosie O'Donnell
18. Bill Nye
19. "Dawson's Creek"
20. The Mighty Ducks"
21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark"
23. Rachel Green
24. Tim Allen
25. "All That"
26. "Beverly Hills 90210"
27. "Step by Step"
28. "The Ren & Stimpy Show"
29. "The Famous Jett Jackson"
30. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer »
- The Huffington Post
But aside from the hilarious "Twilight Saga," how many have told that torrid tale from the girl's point of view?
"The To Do List" is a summer romantic comedy dedicated to rectifying that imbalance in a single stroke. It follows a methodical, college-bound teen (Aubrey Plaza) who hurls herself at this "problem" through a summer course of study. And what follows is a raunchy romp, a "Bridesmaids" to the "Hangovers" of too many hormonal boy movies about taking that "Virginity Hit."
Writer-director Maggie Carey has assembled a cast that's too old to be playing high schoolers, set her story in the early 1990s and come up with a rude, sometimes uproarious comedy that is as filthy as "American Pie," with just a hint of that film's sentimental sweetness.
This weekend will find Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg flashing back to 1993 in "The To Do List." Naturally, we've decided to do the same. Because the Internet remains perennially hungry for '90s nostalgia and because there's no better way to recall the time period than through its movies, here's a look at the decade's quintessential depictions in film.
As If Cher and Dionne's plaid wouldn't make this list.
The ultimate slackers are also the ultimate representations of 20-something grunge.
"Pretty Woman" (1990)
Throughout her evolution from hooker to upper-crust girlfriend, Julia Roberts' Vivian Ward defines early-'90s fashion of all calibers.
"Before Sunrise" (1995)
"Wayne's World" (1992)
It doesn't take a "Bohemian Rhapsody" rock-out to detect these guys' fitting fashion sense, »
- The Huffington Post
It's been years since she starred in '90s staple Can't Hardly Wait, and Jennifer Love Hewitt tells Us Weekly that she's learned a thing or two about patience in that time. The first-time mom, 34, explains that she's having a smooth pregnancy so far because she's choosing not to stress about the unknown. "I think most people, when they're getting ready to be a mom, they go, 'Oh my gosh, I have to have all of the answers right now,' but every kid is different, every parent [...] »
After minor roles in movies like "Can't Hardly Wait" and "In & Out" and playing a voice on the phone in "Scream 2," Selma Blair finally broke through in the 1999 flick "Cruel Intentions."And we've loved her ever since!Selma, who turns 40 today, went on to star as a firestarter in the "Hellboy" movies, was hilarious opposite Christina Applegate and Cameron Diaz in "The Sweetest Thing" and was great in the underrated Us version of "Kath & Kim."Her career hit a recent road bump though, getting fired from her lead role on "Anger Management" by Charlie Sheen after complaining about his work ethic behind her back.We're sure she'll rebound just fine. How about a "Hellboy 3" already?!See how the rest of her "Cruel Intention" costars -- including Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe -- have aged in the gallery above. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Reviews, Features and Interviews How 'The Purge' Reveals the "Secret Formula" to a Successful Horror Movie by Scott Weinberg Watch: the Schmoes Review 'The Purge,' 'The Internship' and 'Much Ado About Nothing' by Movies.com 'Man of Steel' Spoiler-Free Review: Our Superman Expert Answers Your 10 Most Burning Questions by Jeffrey Taylor Why 'Man of Steel' Is the Best Superman Movie by Erik Davis Judgment Dave: The Other Superman Movies You Didn't Know Existed by Dave White The Good, the Bad, the Bogus: When Actors Play Themselves by Peter Martin 'Can't Hardly Wait' Turns 15 Years Old: Remembering the Last of the Great '90s Party Movies by Erik Davis...
- Peter Hall
In June of 1998 I turned 14, which was probably the least momentous birthday you could have as a teenager in South Carolina. 13 was your introduction to teenagerdom, 15 was when you could get your driver's license, 16 was Sweet Sixteen, 17 was at least at the center of a lot of pop culture references, and 18, of course, was the big one. 14 was the awkward, middle-sister of the birthdays, and came right at the time when you started feeling a little awkward about making a big deal around yourself at all. So how do you celebrate this non-milestone as a 14-year-old dying to be cool? Duh: you go to the movies. And the movie I chose was Can't Hardly Wait, a movie that essentially existed as a place for a group of 14-year-old girls to go, dropped off by parents, and spend a few hours giggling under someone else's roof. Nothing about this birthday stands »
Ethan Embry starred in one of the best movies of the '90s, "Can't Hardly Wait" -- but he doesn't exactly have the fondest memories of the flick.15 years to the day after it was released, the actor opens up about his experience filming the the teen comedy with VH1."At the time, when we were shooting that, I was the world’s biggest stoner," Embry (now 34) says of the shoot. "Nothing sticks out because I was so stoned the entire time!"And his dazed and confused demeanor didn't go unnoticed -- especially with costar Jennifer Love Hewitt, who gave him a fitting present before their kiss at the end of the movie."I remember going into my trailer and there was this basket of breath mints [from Jennifer], like real pretty," he says. "I probably smelled like a walking ashtray ... it was all very sweet. And that always makes me laugh thinking of that. »
- tooFab Staff
This week marks the 15th anniversary since Can't Hardly Wait hit the big screen, but several actors from the quotable '90s film are still in the spotlight. The story of average-guy Preston pursuing the beautiful prom queen featured a number of popular TV and film stars before they were well known. For instance, you may recall Jennifer Love Hewitt as the lead, but do you remember Peter Facinelli as the mean jock? What about the smaller roles played by Jason Segel, Selma Blair, and Jerry O'Connell? Take a trip down memory lane, and see what the Can't Hardly Wait cast is up to now! View Slideshow › »
- Laura Marie Meyers
Finally, Ethan Embry's mid-nineties grin has been explained by the man himself: He was "super stoned." In an interview with VH1 Celebrity, Embry recalls being so "altered" on set that co-star Jennifer Love Hewitt left him a basket of breath mints before their big kiss scene: "[I] probably smelled like a walking ashtray." As to what Can't Hardly Wait was actually about? "Uh, uh, uh … It’s about a party right? Underage kids drinking and smoking and having underage sex, right?" Exactly! And if you're looking to finally figure out what was in that famous letter, sorry, not gonna happen: "I think I remember the directors asking me if I knew what was in there. It was a prop. It doesn’t matter." »
- Lindsey Weber
Today, Can't Hardly Wait turns 15 years old and somewhere that dorky teenage version of you is still romanticizing the thought of snagging the hottest girl at school because, you know, you're charming and stuff. Released on June 12, 1998, Can't Hardly Wait marked the last of the great '90s party movies. A year later American Pie would hit theaters, ushering in a resurgence of the dirty teen sex comedy, and a new crop of movies that were more vulgar and sexual, and built around a series of big set pieces. But in between the more endearing John Hughes movies and the pie-f**king American Pie movies, there were these gems from a decade obsessed with wish fulfillment. These were films defined by their soundtracks, their party scenes and their colorful young teen...
- Erik Davis
To mark the 15th anniversary of "Can't Hardly Wait," star Ethan Embry spoke to VH1.com about the teen comedy's cult status among Generation Y. Not that the actor can specifically explain why "Can't Hardly Wait" is so beloved.
"I haven't seen the movie all the way through, and I was stoned [during filming]," Embry said. "I never read the script. If [fans] are quoting it, then I don't know."
"At the time, when we were shooting that, I was the world's biggest stoner," Embry said to VH1. "I remember the director came up to me and asked if I was 'altered.' Other than that, nothing sticks out [about filming 'Can't Hardly Wait'] because I was so stoned the entire time."
"Can't Hardly Wait" was released on June 12, 1998. To celebrate the film's anniversary, »
- Christopher Rosen
June 12 marks the 15th anniversary of the release of "Can't Hardly Wait."
The famed high school movie told the story of a group of students celebrating their last day of classes, complete with yearbook signing, underage drinking, and one wannabe-gangster hellbent on losing his virginity. In celebration of the anniversary of "Can't Hardly Wait," we've compiled 13 lessons on losing your virginity from films.
"Can't Hardly Wait": The best way to convince someone to have sex with you is to get locked in a bathroom with them.
"The Graduate": Don't have sex with your parents' friend.
"American Beauty": Don't have sex with your friend's dad.
"Almost Famous": Do go to Greenville if you want to lose your virginity.
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High": If it happens in a baseball dugout covered in graffiti, he may not call again.
"Liberal Arts": Pick the right time to »
- Madeline Boardman
On June 12, 1998, "Can't Hardly Wait" took teen movies down to Paradise City.
Directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, the high school comedy is certainly of its era -- not just because of its jokes (lolers here include one-liners about Brad Pitt's relationship with Gwyneth Paltrow and Pearl Jam), but its cast as well. To wit: Jennifer Love Hewitt, at the height of her "Party of Five" powers, is the unattainable attainable dream girl, while Jerry O'Connell and his erstwhile secret identity is the former high school star now in struggling in college (always remember to bring rubber flip-flops for the shower). O'Connell, of course, isn't the only famous face to make a quick appearance in "Can't Hardly Wait" alongside stars Love-Hewitt, Lauren Ambrose, Seth Green and Ethan Embry. To celebrate the film's 15th anniversary, check out 11 other actors who showed up in "Can't Hardly Wait."
1. Jason Segel
2. Jenna Elfman »
- Christopher Rosen
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