Can't Hardly Wait (Ce soir, tout est permis) (10th Anniversary Edition) (Bilingual)
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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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... Read morePublished on July 2 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... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Marie Kelly
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by Anthony Del Vecchio
Of all the so called "teenage comedies" this one tops that list. It is the ultimate "feel good" movie.Published on Oct. 27 2003
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 morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by jonjon70363
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 morePublished on Oct. 16 2003 by Michael Bolts
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 morePublished on Sept. 17 2003 by David