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Can't Hardly Wait
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Directed By
Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Written By:
Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Cast:
Ethan Embry, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Peter Facinelli, Charlie Korsmo, Seth Green, Jerry O'Connell, Lauren Ambrose, Jenna Elfman, Erik Palladino, Jaime Pressly, Michelle Brookhurst

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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 31st, 2007

I'm a sucker for redheads

I've liked Ethan Embry ever since he was the nameless bass player in THAT THING YOU DO! (literally, if you look at the credits for that movie you'll note that his character's name was TB Player. As in... The Bass). There's something about his wide eyed befuddled gaze and cheesy grin that gets to me.

I went to see this flick in the theaters when it first came out and was take by a couple other of the actors as well. The banter between Seth Green as the wanna be gangsta and Lauren Ambrose as the girl that he used to be friends with growing up is a priceless piece of high school love/hate relationships. Trapped in the bathroom together, things transpire faster and stranger than both of them assumed, making the scene oddly one of the most realistic in the entire farcical movie.

As Embry chases after his dream girl played by Hewitt he encounters Jenna Elfman as a bachelor party dancer who is dressed up as an angel. One of the movie's funniest and most poignant moments is delivered by a girl whose claim to fame was playing a character named Dharma. And the speech talks about Scott Baio. Go figure.

If you're sick of all of the other teen comedies, at least give this one a shot. Not meant to please everyone, and not looking for the decisively happy ending, it's far better than all of the rest.

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Lisa
Jan 31, 2007 9:17 AM
 
Ethan Embry definatley has something....I think its his eyes. I like this movie its the kind of movie I like to watch on a Satuday morning in my PJ's with a big cup of coffee.

Javi
Jan 31, 2007 9:47 AM
 
This movie is dangerously close to coming out of Hollywood and into realistic high school society no? You can almost respect a teen movie where not everyone gets along at the end.

I agree with the Jenna Elfman moment though. It is by far my favorite moment in the film. It's also one of those moments that bring it a certain level of truth much like Jerry O'connell's cameo.

You know, I've been trying to figure out what constitutes a "Guilty Pleasure." I wonder if this qualifies or if it's just too good for me to feel guilty about it..
Zara
Jan 31, 2007 9:49 AM
 
Crap, that's right. Jerry O'Connell's moment in the movie is a perfect one.

Jenny
Feb 5, 2007 9:23 AM
 
This is by far my favorite teen movie. Everytime I hear "Paradise City", I can't help but think of this movie. Oh, and it's got Freddy Rodriguez and Jamie Pressley too.

Ethan Embry...yeah, what happened to him? He's a great actor. I think he faded away after "Freakylinks".



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