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Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)

(PG-13) 100 mins

Synopsis: Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night.

Directors: Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan

Writers: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont

Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry and Charlie Korsmo

Serious Jest: (Rental) This is a true high school classic: very funny characters, with very funny lines, and very funny delivery by a star cast. I like the yearbook theme of the film (i.e., freeze-frames with descriptions); it complemented the characters, who were largely superlatives themselves (in a good way; for example, most of us will laugh while remembering the chick from our own high school who had too much school spirit). This is not necessarily a movie you watch over and over, but you should definitely make the time to watch it once.

CraigMakk: (Theater)  I can, have, and will watch this movie over and over again. Almost every time I pick up a new joke that makes me laugh more, or a character I connect more with each time. And any guy who ever went to school can relate in some way to poor Preston, whether you were him in school or made fun of those who were. This is my favorite teenager movie of all time, as it deftly ties slapstick humor in with emotional subplots facing the kids of my generation. Jamie Pressly and Tamala Jones are two of the hottest college girlfriends in moviedom. Peter Facinelli is incredible as douchebag Mike Dexter, and has one of the most heartfelt moments of all when he gets drunk with nerdy William (Charlie Korsmo) and pours out all his insecurities. Finally, this movie is nominated for having one of the best “High Impact in a Short Period” scenes in the history of movies, going to an incredibly sexy and uncredited Jenna Elfman as the Angel Stripper. Wow. I think I need to Google Image her right now. Oh, and don’t forget the incredible soundtrack. The voice of a generation in every sense of the word, this movie is a must-see for anyone from our decade, and will be a movie I will show my kids for years to come when they get too comfortable thinking they have it soooooo much more difficult than Dad.

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