Can't Hardly Wait

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Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.2/10 (23,149 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Harry Elfont

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo

Its high school graduation, and like all seniors they want to party. So 500 high school seniors look forward to a party, while in the meantime a boy wants to get a girl he's loved for years that just broke up with her boyfriend and one head-case that wants revenge on a lifelong bully. So the party comes, things develop. People have sex, drink, and go along with most of the guidelines of a high school graduation party.

Writers: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont


Jennifer Love Hewitt

Amanda Beckett

Ethan Embry

Preston Meyers

Charlie Korsmo

William Lichter

Lauren Ambrose

Denise Fleming

Peter Facinelli

Mike Dexter

Seth Green

Kenny Fisher

Michelle Brookhurst

Girl Whose Party It Is

Alexander Martin

Exchange Student

Erik Palladino

Cousin Ron

Channon Roe

Jock #1

Sean Patrick Thomas

Jock #2

Freddy Rodríguez

Jock #3

(as Freddy Rodriguez)

Joel Michaely

X-Phile #1

Jay Paulson

X-Phile #2

Brian Hall

Real Homeboy

An event eighteen years in the making.


Official Website:
Official Can't Hardly Wait Page |

Release Date: 12 June 1998

Filming Locations: 1090 Rubio Street, Altadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000


Opening Weekend: $8,025,910
(14 June 1998)
(1987 Screens)

Gross: $25,339,117
(30 August 1998)

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


At one point, Denise says "Don't look back. You should never look back." This is a quote from the Don Henley song "Boys of Summer", which was released in 1984.


When Amanda enters the party, a ring can be seen on both of Preston's right and left hand ring fingers, but in the next scene he only is wearing one on the right hand.


[holding up a card]

I downloaded this little baby off the Net. I will know exactly how many spirits I may imbibe without affecting my judgment or my behavior.

X-Phile 2:
You have every angle covered.

X-Phile 1:
You know William, from this light, you somewhat resemble David Duchovny.

User Review

Much much better than Never Been Kissed

Rating: 7/10

I am a product of the 80's slasher film and the teenage film generation.
Films in the 80's like Fast Times, Wild Life, Revenge of the Nerds and
Ferris Bueller's Day Off and such, were films that may not have been
classics to the critics, but to a fifteen year old boy, they were our
Citizen Kane. They taught us how to pick up women, how to attempt to have
sex, how to skip school and why to skip school. They taught us that
and adults really don't understand us and that kids really aren't that
we just want to have a bit of fun before life gets too serious. We have
been through emotions and experiences like the ones that those movies
about, so it is easy for us to relate to what those films are trying to
And it makes it that much more fun to relive those experiences ten years
later. Can't Hardly Wait is the closest to an 80's teen film that I have
seen in quite some time. Compared to films like the aforementioned Never
Been Kissed and even She's All That, this movie is a classic.

The film was written and directed by Harry Elfont and Debra Kaplan, and if
they are not about my age ( late 20's ) they certainly are lovers of 80's
teen films, because it shows here that they did their homework. Some of
scenes in this film are complete homages to great 80's films like Sixteen
Candles ( the two geeks on the roof ) Wild Life ( a huge party where some
the characters grow up and learn a bit about themselves and each other)
even Say Anything ( a not so popular guy in love with the school hotty.)
seems to me that Harry and Debra are lovers of the films that made growing
up in the eighties so much fun.

The story is about a party on the day of the completion of exams. Here we
meet all the major players in the film. And yes, they are all contrived,
but that is what a film like this is about. They were not trying to
re-invent the wheel here, they were trying to stick to a formula that made
so many movies work.
You have Amanda Beckett ( Hewitt ), the prom queen that just got broken up
with by the star jock named Mike Dexter ( played with so much zeal by
Facinelli, look for him to have a future in Hollywood ). Then you have
Preston ( Ethan Embry ) who is not necessarily a geek but he is far from a
popular jock, think of Dawson. Anyway, he has loved Amanda for all of
highschool and now he is finally getting the guts to tell her of his
passion for her. You also have William Lichter, who is the school geek
comes of age in the party. He does all the things that you would expect a
typically written geek in a film to do— get drunk, have a public display
of wildness that gets people to see him in a new light, and of course, in
here it is his karaoking to Paradise City ( which is one of the film's
funnier scenes ) and of course get laid. As I said, this movie sticks to
very popular formula. Don't look for a film like this to say new and
something profound about today's youth. This movie is here to entertain
that is it. And it does that well.

Also you have Kenny Fischer ( Seth Green ) as a very white guy who thinks
is black to cover up his insecurities, and his friend from public school
named Denise. Needless to say many issues are going to be raised at the
party and some of them are hilarious.

A great cameo is turned in by Jerry O'Connell who plays Trip McNeely ( the
ultimate jock name ). He was idolized by all the cool kids when he went
their high school. Now he is in university and according to him , in a
converstion with Mike Dexter, he tells him that " guys like me and you bro
are a dime a dozen. Chicks are a lot different in college. They care
the environment and things and they all date guys that are in pre-med. "
is a very funny scene.

What makes this movie so much fun to watch is that it is reminiscent of an
80's film. And that is the highest compliment that I can give it.
just like they don't know how to make movies like Halloween and Nightmare
Elm Street anymore, they sure as hell don't know how to make films like
Breakfast Club, The Sure Thing and Secret Admirer. But this film comes
really close to being like those. And if you remember those ones as films
that were some of your favorites when you were sixteen, see this, it will
make you laugh and entertain you, and that is an accomplishment on its