Can't Hardly Wait
Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

First-time writers-directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan make a summer movie filled with the angst of graduation.

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: June 12, 1998
DVD Release Date: November 17, 1998
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

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

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Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times

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!

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M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

This formula teen flick has engaging performances and a few laughs.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Stephen Thompson
AV Club

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.

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Leah Rozen
People Magazine

What's best about Wait are the bright turns by its young cast.

Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

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.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Flat characters are stuck in underdeveloped situations in this attempt by first-time directors Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont to recapture the mood of a John Hughes 1980s teen comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
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… More
Jennifer Xu
It stagnates quite a bit, and J Lo Hew does pretty much what she always does (stand there), but there were some stories that stood out. Notably the Denise one.
Spencer S.
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… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I don't know about you, but I really believe that there's one person out there, and for me it's gotta be Amanda."</i>… More
Aj V
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… More
Lenny Muggsy
80's teen comedies; Classic. 90's teen comedies: Enjoyable, somewhat memorable. 2000 teen comedies: Hit or miss but mostly miss. Things that I… More