Can't Hardly Wait
(1998)











Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1 Hour and 40 Minutes


Reviewer: Erik
Grade: D-

For the most part, the people who posted reviews for this movie must be doing some serious drugs. Why aren't they sharing? What a mess this movie was. A really ugly mess. I thought "She's All That" was bad. That movie is "Citizen Kane" compared to this embarrassment.

On graduation day, prior to the party of the year, word gets out that gorgeous Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt) has been dumped by her brainless jock boyfriend Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli). This gets Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry), who's had a secret crush on Amanda since her first day at his high school, to make a last-ditch effort to present Amanda with a love letter he wrote years ago.

There are a couple of disposable sub-plots as well. Preston drags Denise Fleming (Lauren Ambrose) to the party, and she ends up in a locked bathroom with Kenny Fisher (Seth Green), the wanna-be black guy who used to be friends with her years ago until he sought more popularity. Then there's William Lichter (Charlie Korsmo), the geeky nerd who have plans to get even with Mike Dexter.

Through the course of the night, Mike will change his mind about Amanda, every guy at the party will want to comfort Amanda, the geek becomes popular by drinking a lot and singing a Guns 'N Roses song (oh brother), Denise and Kenny will possibly end up in each other's arms, and Preston's note will end up with Amanda (in the most impossible of ways, as if I needed another reason to hate this movie).

I've seen more dimension to characters in cartoons. Your typical stereotypes abound. You got your cheerleader, your jock, an annoying girl who wants everybody to sign her yearbook, the white guy who thinks he's black, yada yada yada. Very little else is learned about any of these characters.

And then, as if to lend insult to injury, we get one of those endings that consists of freeze-frames of all the characters with a little blurb about where they are "now".

Terrible movie-making. Remember when teen movies were good?