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Can't Hardly Wait
(1998)
Reviewed by Chris Bjuland
Rating: 3 Beans

he makers of this movie couldn't hardly wait to release it to the general public on the basis that the sooner the movie is released, the sooner it will be forgotten. This movie is about a group of high school graduates at their last high school party which is taking place on their graduation day.

Young aspiring writer Preston (Ethan Embry) has had a four year crush on big breasted Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) who was just dumped by her stupid jock boyfriend Mike (Peter Facinelli, looking and trying to act like Tom Cruise). Then there is Kenny (Seth Green), aka Special K, who's goal is to lose his virginity to a girl, any girl. School nerd William (Charlie Korsmo) wants (and intends to get) revenge on his long time tormentor Mike (the Tom Cruise wanna be, remember?). Rounding out the cast of main characters that we care nothing about is Denise (Lauren Ambrose), the girl who thinks high school is stupid, and that the trappings of high school (cliques, year books, letter jackets, etc.) are just as stupid. Of course there are other characters, it's a party, remember?!

So they all go to the party, and this cast of characters who never talked to each other in high school (well, some of the talked) end up in their own tangled webs. Nothing goes as planned for these people (gasp!), and stuff happens. Stuff that you will never in a million years figure out, unless you've seen any other teen-age-party-flick. This movie wants to be the "Fast times" for the 90's. It wants to appeal to a new generation of young people who need positive role models to help them in their life journey.

I'm not sure if it appealed or not. Ken, Scoot and I were the only people over 18 (or was it 16?) at the movie. It sure didn't appeal to us. The best part was watching the audience teen girls swooning over Preston's oh-so-romantic actions. Us guys know that all it takes to land the hot chick we've had a crush on is to confess that crush in a nicely written letter. Right? Wrong. That stuff never works, unless you're Ken. But that's a story for another movie.

So this movie had teenage girls, teen age boys, a party, alcohol, revenge, love, humiliation, soul searching, Gun's n Roses music, a make out room, a bathroom with a faulty door handle, one dimensional character stereotypes, Star Trek, ID4, Charles in Charge, Happy Days, and other things that made it all worthwhile. And it had Melissa Joan Hart in a funny cameo.

This movie was bad, but not really bad. It was fun, in a way. The best part of the movie was watching all the teenybopper girls in the audience and listening to Ken explain to Scoot what was happening and what it means.

And after this movie is over, you'll go home identifing with one character who said all the things you always wanted to say. For me, it was proably Preston. For Scoot, it was the girl in the bathroom. Go figure.






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