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

Jennifer Love Hewitt , Ethan Embry , Deborah Kaplan , Harry Elfont    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)

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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

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best high school party movies ever May 20 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Among the better 90's teen movies July 2 2004
By A Customer
I guess I was in a particularly good mood when I watched this, but I really enjoyed it. It didn't succomb to the predictable schmaltz of many of the more "romantic" teen flicks of its era. Instead I found this film understated and ultimately underrated. There is plenty of fun along side some honest "dealing" with relationships and saying the things that have gone unsaid for years between classmates and friends.
I found the relationships portrayed to be quite believable and almost effortless at points, which is due in no small part to the acting. Here we have a showcase of some of the best young actors of their generation, including no fewer than three of the cast members of Six Feet Under. Lauren Ambrose is wonderful in a stand-out performance. And yes, Ethan Embry is adorable.
There are plenty of extras to keep true fans happy, but the film itself is enough to please your average teen-movie fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't Hardly Wait March 18 2004
It really is a shame that Ethan Embry has not gained more starring roles. though many of his films feature him as a goofy guy, Can't Hardly Wait is his proof that he can play a leading man wonderfully.
This simple story of a man in love is jam-packed with an all star cast that creates perfect little subplots that all come together in the end. it's hysterical! cheesy when it's supposed to be and serious when needed.
In the last scene, the two main characters finally come together and share great chemistry when they finally do. it also shows that ethan embry, aside from being a great actor, is one of the best on-screen kissers i've ever seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite of mine Feb. 23 2004
I cannot put my finger on why I love this movie so much. It is just another teen movie, but if it is on, I have to watch it. No matter where it is in the movie. Unlike the other teen movies of the 90s, it doesn't preoccupy itself with sex. There is more of a plot than "To just get laid". Ethan Embry is good as Preston Meyers and is a likeable character. Peter Facinelli is hilarious as the jock. Seth Green reminds me of so many people in my high school. Pretty sad, really. Jerry O'Connell is hilarious in his short seen as Trip McNealy, the sexual icon at Huntington. He gave me advice about college that I use today: "Wear flip-flops in the shower. I got warts all over my feet."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Hardly Wait Nov. 25 2003
By Reily
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
Of all the so called "teenage comedies" this one tops that list. It is the ultimate "feel good" movie.
Published on Oct. 27 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Jenifer Love Hewit, what more can you ask for?
Cute movie, and Jenifer Love Hewit has a smile that lights up the world. When I give 3 stars, it's a movie that I would actually own. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by jonjon70363
3.0 out of 5 stars a feel good party movie
this one you can stand if your paying attention to the leads. the extras nearly trash this one. Seth Green is the scene chewer as Kenny Fisher, the kid whos a wannabe gangsta and... Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by Michael Bolts
5.0 out of 5 stars You must see that incredible movie
I red a few review about this film and most of them portait this movie as a bad one. I'm absolutly not of this opinion. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Can,t hardly wait
I love this movie it is one of the greatest movies that i have ever seen. I have had the movie almost a year now and i get it out to watch quite often. Read more
Published on July 7 2003 by harry webb
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is.
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. Read more
Published on March 2 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This is a pretty funny film, it focuses on the usual teen film storylines about boys, girls and parties! Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2003 by S. Cordwell
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Thumbs Up
Mike Dexter is a God. Mike Dexter is a role model.
Published on Jan. 30 2003
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