Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

Ah, the late 1990’s, when teen comedies came back for a while. What a simpler time than today, trapped in our homes and constantly waiting for he inevitable next chapter of the end of all things. Or something, right?

This is where the career of so many of your favorite stars began. You can literally play spot the star here.

Figuring that the best part of teen movies were the party scenes, this movie is basically one long party scene. I guess that’s the way to do it, as hijinks ensue movies off a meager set-up are so much of what I watch.

While it takes it’s title from The Replacements song, it really doesn’t have much to do with the song (other than featuring it in the credits).

Ethan Embry and Jennifer Love Hewitt are the main stars here, star-crossed lovers who absoutely must come together for the good of the story. Along the way, there are many last night — when high school seemed like the end all, be all of our existence — moments that must have a resolution before college begins.

That said, this film smartly sets up that yesterday’s cool senior is tomorrow’s geek freshman. This lesson would serve you well for your entire life, reminding you that you must continually prove yourself.

Of course, Clea Duvall’s Jana is my favorite character, although I find the fact that she ended up hooking up with Steth Green’s Kenny to be out of character. That said, high school is about being out of character.

Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont would go on to make Josie and the Pussycats, a movie that’s way better than it has any right to be.

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