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Can't Hardly Wait (10th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli
  • Directors: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
  • Writers: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
  • Producers: Betty Thomas, Jenno Topping, Karen Koch, Richard Graves
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: Cantonese Chinese, English, French, Korean
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 30 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CY5MYW
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This underrated teen comedy from 1998 is guilty of being a proud underachiever, and it doesn't bring anything new to the genre, but look closely and you'll find the makings of a much better movie buried under all the keg-party antics. The basic story is typical for this kind of comedy. A young, aspiring writer named Preston (Ethan Embry) has been lusting after class beauty Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt, from TV's Party of Five) for four years of high school, but he's never had the nerve to tell her. Now that they're about to graduate he's finally worked up the courage to write her a soul-baring love letter. At the raucous graduation keg party that takes up most of the movie's 98 minutes, Preston agonizes while Amanda's selfish jock ex-boyfriend tries to win her back, and delivering his love letter turns out to be more difficult than he ever imagined. What's interesting about Can't Hardly Wait has little to do with its attractive leads, however. The most engagingly real and entertaining characters are the misfits who show up in the subplots, including a geek (Charlie Korsmo) who turns into the life of the party, and a pair of old friends (Seth Green, Lauren Ambrose) who confront each other about their mutual needs and insecurities. There are some really good scenes between these two, and this modest movie has a few other pleasant surprises up its sleeve. That doesn't make it particularly good, but it does make it an agreeable waste of time. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. M Robertson on May 20 2004
Format: DVD
This is one of the few feel good movies that I would give this high a rating. It isnt anything new, the characters don't break any new ground, but that isn't important. It is like listening to Beethoven, no new ground is broken, but how well are they playing it?
The cast is perfect, they not only were all decent actors and fit the roles, but they don't look like actors. They are people that you can see yourself going to high school with, not my white trash high school;), but from the average high school. Seth Green is in perfect form as the white boy who wishes he was black, posing and growling more than acting with others around him groaning. Ethan Embry plays a believable book worm, flawed and nerdish, but believably so. Jennifer Love Hewitt is the clas princess, and looks the part. She is pretty, but has the look of the girl next door not a model in teenager clothing. Rounding off the cast is the refreashing Lauren Ambrose playing the bitter intellectual. She was rated as the new Jeannine Garafalo, unfortunate she didn't do much after this as she was a better actress than Jeannine. As well as the underrated Charlie Korsmo, playing the uber nerd of the class. Interestingly this was his last performance before joining the department of energy.
As previously stated, they don't really break any new ground. The white boy wishing he was a black guy has a moment of self realization. The bitter intellectual realizes that she might be at fault for her lonliness and hooks up with a very unlikely person. The quiet book worm gets courage to ask out someone who was beyond his level. The jock has a sobering moment when he sees where is life is headed. etc........
No new ground broken, but it is treated more seriously than most movies of its genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jared Reich on April 14 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This movie has been out of print on blu-ray in the USA for a few years. Which led to prices being jacked up on ebay in the $100 range. Thankfully I was able to buy this version, which is the exact same disc as the US version. Only difference is the french text on the cover (not a big deal). I suggest that if you are an American browsing this site, buy this version! I had to pay $10 for shipping, but that is a small price to pay to actually have this movie!
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By Reily on Nov. 25 2003
Format: DVD
The first 20 minutes or so of this plotless romp about a post-graduation all-night party is torturous, at least for anyone who isn't a moron or a masochist. But once you're pulled into the forced fun of the piece and accept all the noise, the pain subsides into something merely blinding and numbing. You feel as wrecked as the partying kids on the screen.
Co-written and co-directed by a pair of newcomers, Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, "Can't Hardly Wait" (which was titled "The Party" up until about a month ago) is essentially a shameless rip-off of Richard Linklater's 1993 film, "Dazed and Confused," an insightful period piece set in 1976 about suburban Texas teens carousing on the last day of school.
There are also bits and pieces here from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "American Graffiti," "Animal House," "16 Candles" and even the ancient "Bye Bye Birdie," but most of the ideas come from Linklater's movie.
We get the "Bye Bye Birdie" connection right off when Elfont and Kaplan stage a non-singing variation on "The Telephone Hour" from that film, in which one teen gossips to another, spreading the word that the graduating class' golden couple, Top Jock Mike (Peter Facinelli) and Homecoming Queen Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt), have broken up. Mike is going off to college and now has no time for high school girls.
This leaves the field open for Preston (Ethan Embry), an introverted, brainy kid who has nursed a crush on Amanda for four years and now plans to take action.
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By A Customer on March 2 2003
Format: DVD
I have to admit that the first time I went to go see this movie was because I had a major crush on Jennifer Love Hewitt at the time. I was expecting a pretty lame movie but was pleasantly suprised as I was watching it. It's pretty damn obvious that this movie isn't breaking any new cinematic ground. Clearly, the the outcomes are pretty predictable and the characters tend to border on shallowness. Nevertheless, "Can't Hardly Wait" serves as great entertainment.
I really liked the lighting and the costume design of this movie. It really gave things a lighthearted and genial feel. I think that this movie was pretty well cast also. Watching the actors depict their characters on screen, there was a real likeableness to each and everyone. Sure Peter Facinelli's character was suppose to be this real jackass, but he nevertheless came off as warm.
The important point in watching a movie like this is to not take it seriously. If serious is what you want go watch a "Ghost World" or "Whatever". There is a lot of fun to be had in watching this movie. It's not overly cynical or bleak. Everyone in this movie seems to be having a good time, so why should you be the one to leave yourself out?
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