Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont direct Ethan Embry, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Lauren Ambrose in this teen romantic comedy following the crazy night of debauchery that happens to (at least) four dozen teens at one wild house party.
The 90s teen house party movie is given the Dazed and Confused / American Graffiti treatment. Lower those expectations, this is simple and scrappy. It gives you volume rather than value. None of the multitude of threads would impress on their own but they reach a satisfying barrage by the last lap. This has been edited down a little, taking out a few drink, drugs and sex reference to stay PG-13. The knock-on effect is certain character go nowhere. Can’t Hardly Wait is mainly notable for just how many forgotten and future teen TV and comedy stars it jampacks into 100 minutes. Jason Segel, Tara Benson and Selma Blair are floating around in nameless roles and THAT really is just the tip of iceberg. Hewitt looks amazing, doe eyed and chesty. Ambrose and Seth Green probably put the most effort in, even if their layer of the onion is cribbed directly from an episode of Friends. Soundtrack thumps, especially because of the sheer amount of Smash Mouth lurking around the back tracks.
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