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.
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