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Can't Hardly Wait

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Deborah Kaplan
Harry Elfont
Produced by Betty Thomas
Written by Deborah Kaplan
Harry Elfont
Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt
Ethan Embry
Charlie Korsmo
Lauren Ambrose
Music by David Kitay
Cinematography Lloyd Ahern
Editing by Michael Jablow
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 12, 1998 (1998-06-12)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Gross revenue $25,605,015

Can't Hardly Wait is a 1998 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. It stars Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

The movie takes place at a high school graduation party, and in a style much like that of the high school movies of the 1980s. The filmmakers were inspired to make the movie because they felt that in most teen films the best scenes were the party scenes. So, they decided to make a movie that was set entirely at a party. Though the film deals in common high school stereotypes, some favor the film's chaotic but appealing mise en scène and performances.

The movie was named after The Replacements' song of the same title, from their 1987 album Pleased to Meet Me. The song plays at the end of the movie, when the credits start rolling.

This movie ranked number 44 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.[1]



The film revolves around an eclectic group of students from Pennsylvania attending a high school graduation party at a large house owned by a rich class member's family. Each character has different plans for the night. Optimistic misfit Preston Myers (Ethan Embry) plans to proclaim his love to his four-year secret crush, to whom he's never had the nerve to speak before, prom queen Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt), who in turn has recently been dumped by her top jock boyfriend, Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli) who is targeted by classmate William Lichter (Charlie Korsmo), who is plotting revenge against Mike for happily making his high school years a living nightmare.

Cynical Denise Fleming (Lauren Ambrose) has no intention of going to the party. But when her best friend, Preston, says he's going to proclaim his love for Amanda, she is dragged along. Kenny Fisher (Seth Green) is a conspicuously unskilled aspiring rapper who plans on losing his virginity by the end of the night. When he goes into the upstairs bathroom to "get ready", Denise happens to walk in. That is when the two learn that the door has a broken doorknob, trapping them in the bathroom. The pair of former friends begin talking about how they drifted apart; their conversation eventually leads to the restoration of their friendship and then escalates into their having sex in the bathroom.

During the course of the party, Amanda deals with being alternately consoled by the drunken girlfriends of Mike's jock friends and her own cousin (who tried to hit on her), and trying to figure out if she truly has an identity past being known as "Mike Dexter's girlfriend". At one point during the night, she discovers a letter with her name written upon it. Unbeknownst to her, the letter was written by Preston, and after reading and subsequently being moved by its contents, she makes it her mission to find him.

Before the party, Mike convinces his fellow jock friends to follow his lead and dump their girlfriends in order to make a pact in which they all pledge to remain single as they go into college. Later on, an intoxicated Mike learns from a guy named Trip McNeely (Jerry O'Connell in a cameo) a graduate and former stud from his high school that in college, jerks like them are "a dime a dozen" and ironically, find themselves on the receiving end of bullying. This reality is even driven in further by the fact that Trip emphasizes how he dumped his girlfriend in the same fashion that Mike did to score with women which was unsuccessful. Terrified, Mike tries to get Amanda back, but she is happier without him and humiliates him in front of everyone.

At the same time, William devises his plan to wreak revenge on Mike by humiliating him. He has his two even more nerdy, X-Files-obsessed friends wait on the roof, while he goes into the party and to drive Mike out. However, while inside the party, William begins drinking in order to fit in. After a while, he drinks enough to make him forget what he was originally doing there and an impromptu sing-along to Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" causes him to become popular for the evening. William begins talking with Mike, and Mike apologizes for tripping him earlier in the day at the graduation ceremony while William was giving the valedictorian speech. William forgives him, and the two of them seemingly become friends. When Mike and William are jailed as a result of a police bust, Mike takes the blame, saying that he forced William into drinking. However, the next morning when William sees Mike and some of his friends at a local diner, Mike acts as though he remembers nothing of what happened the previous night and proceeds to ridicule him in front of his friends. William, feeling the sting of betrayal, leaves dejected while Mike laughs with his friends to William's chagrin.

Meanwhile, Preston finds Amanda and confesses his love, however she assumes he is just another drunk creeper and rejects him. She later finds a yearbook and realizes her mistake. The scene relocates to a railway station the next day. Amanda visits Preston at the station where she asks him about the letter. Preston confesses he wrote it and that he's about to depart for a pre-college writing workshop with Kurt Vonnegut. But he immediately stops and finally comes back to Amanda where they kiss.

As the film ends, the characters' fates are revealed:

  • Seven hours later, Preston finally got on a train to Boston. Amanda wrote him a letter for every day that he was away. They are still together.
  • The day after the party, Denise and Kenny meet up in a diner; five minutes later, Denise dumped Kenny. Ten minutes later, they found a bathroom and got back together.
  • Mike went on to college but, after drinking too much, lost his football scholarship. He ended up forty pounds overweight and working at the car wash, a job he lost when incriminating Polaroids surfaced.
  • William became one of the most popular students at Harvard. He later went on to form his own computer company that has made him worth millions, and he's dating a supermodel.
  • William's two nerdy friends were abducted by aliens after discussing that they didn't miss anything by not attending the party.



Deleted scenes

Cultural references

In Not Another Teen Movie, Jennifer Love Hewitt's character was parodied by her Party of Five castmate Lacey Chabert.

On the Phoenix album by Zebrahead, the tenth track is called "Mike Dexter is a God, Mike Dexter is a Role Model, Mike Dexter is an Asshole", written after the Mike Dexter character.

Of "Velma from Scooby-Doo," Stoner Guy (Brian Klugman) says, "She was a hip, hip lady"--reprising Ron Slater (Rory Cochrane)'s assesment of Martha Washington's performance as a marijuana farmer (George Washington)'s wife in Dazed and Confused (1993): "...she was a hip, hip, hip lady, man."


Songs featured on the soundtrack:

  1. "Graduate" - Third Eye Blind
  2. "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" - Smash Mouth
  3. "Dammit" - blink-182
  4. "I Walked In" - Brougham
  5. "Turn It Up (remix)/Fire It Up" - Busta Rhymes
  6. "Hit 'Em Wit Da Hee" (remix) - Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott (featuring Lil' Kim and Mocha)
  7. "Swing My Way" (Radio Edit) - K.P. and Envyi
  8. "Flashlight" - Parliament
  9. "It's Tricky" - Run-D.M.C.
  10. "High" - Feeder
  11. "Tell Me What to Say" - Black Lab
  12. "Farther Down" - Matthew Sweet
  13. "Can't Hardly Wait" - The Replacements
  14. "Umbrella" - Dog's Eye View
  15. "Paradise City" - Guns N' Roses

Songs featured in the movie but are not on the soundtrack include:


The movie was rereleased in 2008 on DVD and Blu-ray to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the film. The new dvd contained new special features not included on the original release.


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