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Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

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  • Summary: A teen-age romantic comedy set amid a night of wild partying in honor of high school graduation.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. For all its nonstop energy and high spirits, Can't Hardly Wait allows its characters to emerge as fully dimensional individuals; they've been written with care and perception and played with equal aplomb by a roster of talented young actors.
  2. Can't Hardly Wait has freshness, comic invention and an engaging romantic spirit.
  3. [The writers/directors] show easygoing humor and the wisdom to borrow well. Their film at various times recalls tenderhearted coming-of-age comedies from "American Graffiti" onward, with strong homage to the works of Cameron Crowe, Amy Heckerling and John Hughes.
  4. 50
    The cast of mostly unknowns is agreeable if unnecessarily bland, not a Spicoli among them.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    50
    Flunks the freshness test.
  6. 50
    Instead of bringing intriguing characters with real problems and interesting dialogue to the bash, Kaplan and Elfont take the lazy approach of pulling generic stereotypes off the shelf and throwing them into a formulaic plot that doesn't offer one genuine surprise or meaningful moment.
  7. True to the film's name, there is one thing I couldn't hardly wait for, and that's the closing credits.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 31, 2014
    8
    The movie is enjoyable with his cliché characters and his predictable story.A lot of well-known actors are in this movie.The movie is funny and the actors are really good. Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    6
    While it was thoroughly enjoyable to see several notable actors (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green, Freddy Rodriguez, Donald Faison, Jaime Pressly, Jason Segel, Selma Blair, Breckin Meyer, Jenna Elfman, Jerry O'Connell) either in small roles or before the height of their fame, this movie was just about as predictable as can be. That however, does not mean it wasn't enjoyable, just not particularly inspired.

    It's a decent movie overall with some laughs and genuine moments, just don't expect to be blown away.
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