1998; Rated PG-13; 98 Minutes
Ethan Embry: Preston Meyers
Jennifer Love Hewitt: Amanda Beckett
Peter Facinelli: Mike Dexter
Seth Green: Kenny Fisher
Jerry O’Connel: Trip McNeely
Melissa Joan Hart: Yearbook Person
Jenna Elfman: Angel
Charlie Korsmo: Willaim Lichter
Karen Koch, Betty Thomas, and Jenno Topping; Directed
and screenwritten by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan
by DAVID KEYES
Hardly Wait" is about high school seniors partying before
their graduation as well as people who spend their last
time together taking drugs, and anticipating the chance
to lose their virginity. Judging from this description,
"Can't Hardly Wait" is a clone of "Dazed And Confused,"
and a member of what I like to call the "getting-high high
school party" genre. Unlike the regular entries, though,
"Can't Hardly Wait" is a respectable effort that will make
teenagers laugh and keep them entertained.
small praise I have towards the film does not mean I have
changed my standards. You will recall, from my reviews of
"Dazed And Confused," that I find nothing funny about people
making fools of themselves after taking drugs. This belief
remains true, and it always will. The reason why "Can't
Hardly Wait" gets a better review than "Dazed And Confused"
is because the film doesn't rely much on drugs at parties,
but rather, sex. Call me sick, but sex can be funny: drugs
downside, however, is that characters in this film are not
very interesting. Watching this movie, I can't point out
a single person who stands out from the others--each character
is nearly identical: they either want something from another
person, or want something to give to the other person. These
points, in a movie like "Can't Hardly Wait," make the film
dull and dreary.
we have here is another vulgar attempt at the party genre,
and it, too, fails. Still, I wouldn't call it bad; just
movie stars the talented young Jennifer Love Hewitt, who
we last saw in "I Know What You Did Last Summer." She plays
Amanda Beckett, a woman who had just broke up with her boyfriend.
Another guy begins watching her, and wanting her every second
of every day. The only problem is they have never met.
the big problem is that the majority of the characters had
never met each other before, thus creating an experience
between them that is unique and original, and on the last
day before their own graduation.
is a simple plot, but in party movies, simple plots are
the only thing to rely on, because most of the movie is
party is funny, too. Often, characters are seen on camera
at the most inopportune times. For example, we meet this
over-the-hill wacko on drugs, and at the site of Love Hewitt's
character, he smirks and yells, "God, you're a hottie!"
Doing this in front of several other people is something
we would find rude in a real situation. Watching it on film,
however, is funny--very funny.
isn't as much humor in the film as there should be, however.
In between these humorous lines is a series of arguments
and conversations between characters, which are more flat
than those of real life. It's because of these often-seen
sequences that I only give "Can't Hardly Wait" two stars.
If they were fewer, the film would have at least gotten
two-and-a-half, and if the characters seemed more original,
it would have been three stars.
two stars is standard enough for it, because the film wasn't
a waste. I laughed a few times, and for most high school
teenagers, laughing will be enough to like the film more
than I did.
1998, David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org.
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