Can't Hardly Wait (1998) - Rotten Tomatoes

Can't Hardly Wait (1998)



Critic Consensus: Occasionally clever and moderately intelligent, Can't Hardly Wait also contains too many cheap laughs, recycled plotting, and flat characters.

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Movie Info

First-time writers-directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan make a summer movie filled with the angst of graduation.more
Rating: PG-13 (For teen drinking and sexuality, and for language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 17, 1998
Columbia Pictures


Jennifer Love Hewitt
as Amanda Beckett
Ethan Embry
as Preston Meyers
Seth Green
as Kenny Fisher
Lauren Ambrose
as Denise Fleming
Charlie Korsmo
as William Lichter
Peter Facinelli
as Mike Dexter
Melissa Joan Hart
as Yearbook Girl
Jenna Elfman
as The Angel
Jerry O'Connell
as Trip McNeely
Alexander Martin
as Exchange Student
Erik Palladino
as Cousin Ron
Summer Phoenix
as Uncredited
Freddy Rodriguez
as Jack No. 3
Joel Michaely
as X-Phile No. 1
Jay Paulson
as X-Phile No. 2
Brian Hall
as Reak Homeboy
Branden Williams
as Homeboy No. 1
Bobby Jacoby
as Homeboy No. 2
Johnny Zander
as Guitar Player
Alaa Khaled
as Bass Player
Jaime Pressly
as Girlfriend No. 1
Tamala Jones
as Girlfriend No. 2
Jennifer Lyons
as Girlfriend No. 3
Angela Vacco
as Beer Drinker
Nick Paulos
as Beer Drinker
Chris Owen
as Klepto Kid
Liz Stauber
as Gossipy Girl
Nicole Bilderback
as Ready to Have Sex Gi...
Jason Segel
as Watermelon Guy
Paige Moss
as Ashley
Leslie Grossman
as Ready to Have Sex Gi...
Ali MacLean
as Language Lab Girl
Brian Klugman
as Stoner Guy
Meadow Sisto
as Hippie Girl
Eric Balfour
as Hippie Boy
Selma Blair
as Girl Mike Hits on No...
Jennifer Paz
as Girl Mike Hits on No...
Sara Rue
as Earth Girl
Nils Larson
as Skinny Boy
Steve Monroe
as Headbanger
Eric Brice Scott
as Hockey Guy
Chris Wiehl
as Horny Guy
Amber Benson
as Stoned Girl
Breckin Meyer
as Lead Singer in the B...
Brian Hall
as Reak Homeboy
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Critic Reviews for Can't Hardly Wait

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (17)

Kaplan and Elfont provide a real public service by showing how underage binge drinking can boost bookish students' social lives.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Fortunately, some of the appealing young performers -- who include Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose and, especially, Seth Green -- manage to emerge from the film's generic suburban-teen backdrop.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

There are signs that Can't Hardly Wait once had more serious aspirations... But in the final edit, at least, it's the dumb, broad slapstick that prevails, short-circuiting identification with the characters before it can begin.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The majority of the film is mired in magazine cliches and tired gags. Oh, look, the foreign exchange student only knows how to say he's a sex machine, haw! And the nerd's getting drunk! Hoo!

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film deserves credit, both for its breezy pacing and its uncommon tendency to make its characters smarter and geekier than they might have been.

Full Review… | March 19, 2014
AV Club
Top Critic

A high-spirited, synthetically raucous house-party comedy.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Can't Hardly Wait


Decent Teen comedy, but nothing ever great, Can't Hardly Wait is one of those films that could have been better, but still has enough charm to really make it a fun film to watch. The film is quite forgettable, but manages to be fun for the time you're watching it. However it does not stand out among other Teen comedies. Can't Hardly Wait is mindless fun, but lacks anything to really make it memorable. For what it is, it works, but is far from films like Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The film could have been much better and though is fun entertainment, it never becomes anything but mindless and sometimes dull entertainment. I think this film could have been reworked significantly to make it a much better film, and it's a shame that the film is never anything truly good or memorable. The film is simply a decent viewing. The film has some good gags, but most of the time, they fall flat and don't go nowhere. If the script would have been more developed and some parts would have been recast, then maybe this film would have been better. As a whole, the film offered some laughs, but I just felt that the story lacked too much, and really didn't offer anything new to the genre. Despite this fact, this is a fun, mindless film that has its moments despite the fact that it's a decent teen comedy. I didn't hate the film; I just feel it could have been much better. If you're looking a mindless entertaining ride, Can't Hardly Wait is worth seeing, just don't expect anything great with this film. The film does provide good laughs even if it's not a classic by any means.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


Let's face it: though we all grew up with this genre, and love the gems such as Dazed and Confused and 10 Things I Hate About You, there are films trying way too hard. One of these nineties underachievers was Can't Hardly Wait, a title that already exacts a feeling of bland indifference, which is what you feel when you watch it. There are some pretty funny moments, but they're most on account of Seth Green, because he's so pathetically human, and Charlie Korsmo: If his face looks familiar, it's because he played Robin Williams' son in Hook, and strangely puberty has not lent a helping hand. He's the most nerdy, drunken, kooky figure during this intensely raging high school graduation party, and the most enjoyable character of the entire film. Threading through the shifting comedy are the subplots of an unrequited love between nobody Preston (barely showing up onscreen throughout this film) who has, quite literally, no discernible character traits, and a popular girl. We also get an eyeful of a youthful Jennifer Love Hewitt, a pre-Twilight Peter Facinelli, and a long list of cameos, including Selma Blair, Jason Segel, and Melissa Joan Hart as a peppy girl obsessed with everyone signing her yearbook. It didn't make a lot of headway, and was in no way original, but I did really enjoy the side story of Green and Ambrose's characters and their past, though under scrutiny it doesn't make much sense or matter.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

I've seen much better teen films, any 80s teen film for example. This movie has a bunch of bad actors, and it's not funny. I didn't care for it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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