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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

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Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Brian Hall ... Real Homeboy
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Storyline

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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For the class of 1998, the last night of high school is the first night of the rest of their lives. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for teen drinking and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Party See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two UFO nerds wear shirts that say: "Trust no one" and "The truth is out there." These are catchphrases from the TV show The X-Files (1993). See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in Pennsylvania, but the train station used for the finale is very obviously Union Station in Los Angeles See more »

Quotes

Preston: This is officially the worst night of my entire life. Thank you very much.
Angel: Try having forty drunk men grabbing your ass, one groom to be throwing up all over you and then have your car break down at 2am and then you can talk to me about having a bad night, OK?
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Crazy Credits

Yearbook photos of all the characters in the movie are shown as the end credits roll. See more »

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Spoofed in Scary Movie (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Ghost Radio
Written by Joe Strummer and Brian Setzer
Performed by The Brian Setzer Orchestra (as Brian Setzer Orchestra)
Courtesy of Interscope Records
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets
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This one's a nice party...
9 February 2005 | by jpschapiraSee all my reviews

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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