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Can't Hardly Wait

Can't Hardly Wait

1998
Romance
Comedy
1h 40m
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. (imdb)
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Can't Hardly Wait

1998
Romance
Comedy
1h 40m
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Rated 23 Sep 2021
65
48th
I waited 23 years to rewatch this. I could've made it longer. Round 2 begins now.
Rated 24 Apr 2017
95
97th
There are certain moments in cinematic history that will be remembered forever whether it be the tears on Falconetti's face in Passion of Joan of Arc, John Wayne at the end of The Searchers or Rosebud in Citizen Kane but they all pale in comparison to the party being broken up in Can't Hardly Wait set to blink-182's Dammit.
Rated 11 Sep 2019
40
18th
I like that Criticker says that this film stars Jason Segel, when I am pretty sure he's only in it for one scene where he licks a piece of watermelon.
Rated 17 Jun 2007
6
55th
I enjoy this film despite the fact that I know it's objectively terrible. I really can't think of too many people who have looked hotter than JLH in a film before. It's also kind of sweet in an awkward sort of way.
Rated 02 Aug 2012
50
47th
Can't Hardly Wait doesn't become unwatchable. It's not funny, it has no real drama, the characters are all one-dimensional, the narrative does them a disservice, and it's a cluttered mess, but it's not terrible. Granted, I can't think of one positive thing to say apart from that, but the sum of its parts is something that you will likely be able to tolerate, if nothing else. That's not a recommendation, mind you, as you're much better off watching something else.
Rated 05 Sep 2016
60
37th
Preston's been stalking Amanda for 4 years. Meanwhile, Amanda was recently dumped by the biggest asshole in school, whom she dated for those 4 years without realizing what an asshole he was. What's the message here? That a stalker deserves a shallow chick? Awesome!
Rated 26 Sep 2010
63
34th
You probably have seen a thousand movies like it. It isn't good, it isn't bad, it simply exists.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
69th
A great teen comedy. All of the characters do their part without drowning each other out to come up with an end result that is easily memorable.
Rated 04 Jan 2013
58
24th
Another forgettable high school film made in the late 90's. This one stands out for having Jennifer Love Hewitt in it. It's not bad, but it's no where near original, and you'll likely be disinterested in watching it unless you happen to catch yourself in a very nostalgic mood and want to reminiscence about high school... and you happened to graduate between '95 and '01.
Rated 28 Jun 2020
1
3rd
Half listened to this rather than watched it as part of a we hate movies quarantine thing. Love the JLH photoshopped in poster shot
Rated 19 May 2015
65
16th
Ok, not a bad movie, but... ok. You have Seth Green, you have Jason Segel, you have so many other guys, but the movie is a little slow...
Rated 01 Feb 2017
91
97th
There's probably a lot of nostalgia points here, but it is one of my favorite teen comedies. A good mix of silliness and heart.
Rated 23 Nov 2016
70
36th
Can't Hardly Wait seems like an attempt to make an Animal House type movie for high school kids. This movie introduces a lot of Hollywood talent that has been with us since the debut of this movie in 1998. I probably like this movie more than some, just because I am the target audience for this movie. Can't Hardly Wait has a pretty tired plot of a nobody guy who wants to get with the hottest girl in school; the 90's twist is that she has a brain herself. Fantastic soundtrack!
Rated 05 Jul 2009
79
28th
Predictable, similar to about ten other movies made around this time.
Rated 31 Jul 2022
69
34th
Blatantly contrived comedy lacks the bite of an 80s vintage entry, and would score higher if Love Hewitt and Embry weren't playing two of the most bland characters to ever grace the genre. Saved by the veritable smorgasbord of other 90s personalities in various stages of career rises and falls, making this an unexpectedly fun and ingratiating nostalgic experience. Still never quite rises above its problems with clutter and disorganisation (though Ambrose and Green make it out unscathed).
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
36th
A fun movie, and very entertaining...just don't look for AMERICAN GRAFFITI caliber entertainment.
Rated 29 Jan 2018
60
47th
Fun and a little smarter than your average teen party movie. Nostalgia factor is through the roof on this.
Rated 26 Apr 2010
50
24th
love hewitt is pretty in meh teen comedy
Rated 14 Aug 2007
31
22nd
a few funny parts surrounding a cast full of bad lines and angst
Rated 23 Sep 2007
65
17th
Not as terrible as I expected but the few good moments are buried underneath a mountain of cliches.
Rated 24 Apr 2007
70
33rd
good
Rated 05 Jul 2020
55
22nd
Needed something dumb like this right now and it was that.
Rated 19 Aug 2009
80
35th
Not a bad chick-flick
Rated 14 Aug 2007
35
12th
Typical teen movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
54th
up there with clueless in classic teen movies
Rated 28 Apr 2007
61
13th
Amazing song, mediocre movie.
Rated 02 Feb 2014
81
76th
I don't know. I know there's no reason for me to like this movie so much. It just captures the feelings of high school so well and in such a relatable way that I can't help it. Maybe I'll look back on it as way more silly when I'm older, but for now, I enjoy it.
Rated 09 Mar 2009
83
18th
Classic high-school movie. I loved the Breakfast Club, but this movie is a close second. You get the classic juxtaposition of the jock, nerd, nice guy, super babe, etc. It's funny and has a lot of different actors who became famous (Seth Green, etc.). Its tacky, yet nostalgic, but overall a fun watch.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
84
78th
right age at the right time for me. quotably awesome. does that make it completely not awesome? maybe for everyone but me.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
30
10th
It isn't the breakfast club.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
40th
Funny but typical end of school romantic comedy.
Rated 14 May 2022
80
77th
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Rated 18 Apr 2012
91
98th
My #1 guilty pleasure.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
61
34th
Not a memorable teen comedy, but solid and not offensive.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
51st
Another teen movie.
Rated 26 May 2007
50
36th
Cute flick.
Rated 02 Mar 2014
70
56th
A solid teen comedy in a sea of shitty awful teen comedies. Kudos to it for being watchable and fun.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
66
69th
The nerd who sings at the end of this movie is "The Kid" from Dick Tracy. SO NOW YOU KNOW!
Rated 22 Dec 2006
5
57th
Encapsulates alot of the joy of the 90s teen film without getting overly chick-flick about it, but still a little bit silly.
Rated 26 Mar 2009
82
18th
One of my guilty pleasures during highschool, lol
Rated 08 Jan 2023
3
56th
more like Can't Hardly Believe I Didn't Recognize Carlisle Cullen
Rated 29 Nov 2006
3
45th
Despite it's obvious lack of creativity, I still enjoy this movie. It's sort of touching, in a strange way.
Rated 07 Sep 2009
76
54th
Would be lower, but the kid who plays the nerd (Charlie Korsmo), now goes by a different title. Professor Korsmo. Yeah, he teaches at my school.
Rated 28 Mar 2012
55
23rd
In its time, this was a teen movie that was a bit better than the norm.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
60
58th
The fact that there's nothing new here does little to detract from the precious delivery & cute cast. The "lead" romance is annoying and stupid, but shares the screen with much more charming characters & stories. The pacing is usually brisk, and continues to pick up until the last scene.
Rated 23 Oct 2009
55
20th
Boy it's stupid but it has its charms.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
71st
I'd say it's somewhat of a poor man's Breakfast Club. But if you like the BC, then that's somewhat of a high standard. The characters are lovable, and it feels like something in the John Hughes vein (if that's your bag).
Rated 31 Dec 2008
80
79th
This ones a slow burner. The first half sucks and is full of stereotypes. But that starts to strip away, and this turns in to a good teen comedy. So stick with it. It's rediculous how many of the people on this have gone on to be in TV comedy at the moment....
Rated 06 Aug 2009
54
29th
One of the better high school comedies in recent history, it certainly doesn't aspire to be anything more than that.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
86th
This movie is awesome. Seriously. Especially if you graduated from high school around the time of its release ('98/'99). The scene with Tripp McNealy (Jerry O'Connell) makes the movie. Also the scene where that guy yells out, "FAG!" Jenna Elfman is the only negative.
Rated 20 Feb 2007
65
27th
Kinda fun.
Rated 23 Mar 2011
78
63rd
This movie is funny and interesting, but only watchable if you are in high school or younger, or if you are drunk.
Rated 01 Feb 2008
3
61st
Not half bad, actually. I found some scenes amusing when I typically hate movies like this.
Rated 20 Feb 2021
60
23rd
I thought I hated this film for a good 45 minutes. It was loud and frenetic without being particularly funny, and every character with the exception of Lauren Ambrose was thin and annoying.
Rated 31 Aug 2008
98
97th
one of the best soundtracks ever
Rated 14 Jun 2007
75
45th
Was a lot funnier than I expected.
Rated 14 Aug 2012
51
51st
The only coming of age teenfest movie i could stomach
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
87th
One of the most overlooked romantic comedies that emulates the style of 80s teen flicks very well, despite being made in the late 90s. Very funny.
Rated 05 Jun 2009
70
60th
I saw Ethan Embry at an IMAX in Rhode Island. His child had a mohawk. He wore it will for a 5 year old.
Rated 12 Oct 2008
54
39th
I've seen about six other movies just like it, but this one is mildly charming.
Rated 12 Feb 2008
60
5th
A 1998 time capsule, in the worst sense imaginable, that could not be any more dated if it tried. More an endless parade of cliches and uninspired grabs for nostalgia -- truly, there is no short cut that these guys are ashamed to use here -- than a movie, it's adherence to formula and disinterest in coloring anywhere but firmly inside the lines is something to behold. There was no need for "Not Another Teen Movie", this one does the job of skewering the genre just as well, and unintentionally.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
45
14th
not good, but some of the cast is appealing
Rated 10 Nov 2008
80
80th
A romantic comedy in the style of American Pie. It's a little silly, yes, but fun. Funny that, you have several young actores starting their careers. Some have been good, some we see only in small roles.
Rated 24 Jun 2016
6
65th
It's a fun watch despite having quite a few douchebag characters.
Rated 20 Jul 2020
67
78th
A quintessential 90s movie that centers around the antics at an after high school graduation party. A fantastic cast and breezy plot elevate this basic idea to repeat viewing status while the rough last act stop it from becoming a classic. JLH's storyline is actually one of he least interesting on retrospect, which says a lot about the overall ambiance and story telling of the movie.

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