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Sunday, November 25

Blu-ray Review: Can't Hardly Wait: 20 Year Reunion Edition


MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT; AMAZON

Are you ready for a blast from the past?

The 1998 teen comedy Can't Hardly Wait (PG-13; 100 minutes; $14.98) is now available on a "20th Year Reunion Edition Blu-ray," which was recently released by Mill Creek Entertainment.

Written and directed by Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont, the movie stars Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. It also features special appearances by Jaime Pressly, Selma Blair, Jerry O’Connell, Jenna Elfman, Jason Segel, Freddy Rodriguez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Clea DuVall, Melissa Joan Hart, Breckin Meyer, and Donald Faison.

The movie centers around a high school graduation party, where Preston Meyers (played by Ethan Embry) is planning on declaring his love to his four-year-crush Amanda Beckett (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt), who was recently dumped by her jock boyfriend Mike Dexter (played by Peter Facinelli). Since anyone and everyone is at the party, Preston never gets one second alone with Amanda, so he leaves behind a love letter for her before he goes to the railroad station to leave for Boston.

Attending the party with Preston is his best friend Denise Fleming (played by Lauren Ambrose). She accidentally gets locked in a bathroom with Kenny Fisher (played by Seth Green), who came to the party with the purpose of losing his virginity.

Meanwhile, Mike tries and fails to win Amanda back. Unknowingly to him, the school nerd William Lichter (played by Carlie Korsomo) plans on getting revenge against Mike for bulling him for the last four years.

Bonus Features include:
  • 2 Commentary Tracks featuring the Cast and Filmmakers
  • Huntington Hills Class of '98 Reunion Special
  • The Making of a Teen Class Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "I Can't Get Enough of You Baby" Music Video by Smash Mouth


Final Thoughts

Can't Hardly Wait is one of the rare comedies from the 90s that I actually liked. The cast included a slew of young movie and television of stars, with the biggest star out the bunch being Jennifer Love Hewitt, who was basically every male teenager's crush at that point in time. The "graduation party" plot is fairly cliched, but it works well in this film thanks to a smartly written script. Plus, it has an insanely good soundtrack, which I believe I still own the album.

The picture and sound quality are pretty decent for a Blu-ray release. There are a few special features, including deleted scenes and 2 commentaries. Are these new for the 20 Year Reunion Edition? I don't believe they are. I think these are the same ones that were on the 10 Year Reunion Edition. Don't take my word for it, as I've don't own the 10 Year Reunion Edition.

Overall, Can't Hardly Wait is a fun comedy that has aged very well over the years. If you don't already own the previous Blu-ray release, then I recommend getting the 20 Year Reunion Edition.


*Note -  I received a complimentary copy for this review. 
All opinions are my own.

2 comments:

  1. Has it really been TWENTY years since this movie came out? I saw it the first time around and enjoyed it and had a good laugh. Thanks for the memory.:-)

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    1. Yeah, I can't believe the movie is that old! I remember first watching it in 1998 when I was teenager.

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