Looking back, I think the late 90’s had a movie like this every year. Let’s see, there was “American Pie,” “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Drive Me Crazy,” “Never Been Kissed,” to name a few.
All of those movies celebrated the graduation of the senior class and dealt with the kids learning to navigate this thing called life. 1998’s “Can’t Hardly Wait” is one of those movies, but at least it tried to be different from the rest. Most of the movie takes place at a party and you don’t see the Senior Prom for a change. And the character of Denise steals the movie. In other words: “Can’t Hardly Wait” is not as bad as you think.
I’m not saying “Can’t Hardly Wait” is an all time classic, but it definitely has its moments. And it has a pretty decent cast that included Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, and Seth Green. So why am I writing about “Can’t Hardly Wait” if I like the movie?
Because the experience of going to see the movie was brutal. Picture it: General Cinemas in Braintree MA, June 13, 1998. That was the weekend most kids get out of school that year, and most of those kids went to the movies that night to see “Can’t Hardly Wait.”
With me were fellow TNU members Laneit and John. Also with us was Laneit’s girlfriend, our buddy Wah-Kee, and I think one of Laneit’s sister. The plan had been to attend the showing around 7:00 PM, but when we got there, the place was packed. Somehow, we got tickets, but once inside the theatre, we couldn’t find ANY seats, let alone 5 or 6 seats together.
Laneit and his girlfriend drifted into the front of the theatre, never to be seen again. I don’t know where Kee and Laneit’s sister went, but John and I stayed towards the exit, and basically sat down on the floor. Eventually, a theatre employee came in and told us we couldn’t seat there and he started to look for seats for us.
I have no idea where John ended up, but I ended up sitting between a guy and a girl in their twenties. Once I sat down I thought I could finally concentrate on the movie, silly me. It turned out the guy and the girl were on their first date, but didn’t feel comfortable enough to sit next to each other yet.
So for the remainder of the movie, they passed popcorn, and even tried to hold hands around me. Being a nice guy, I asked them both if they wanted to switch seats with me, and they both said no.
At the point during the movie where a character can’t feel his legs, Laneit found me and told me to follow him. We went outside, and learned that the theatre had oversold the screening. And since we couldn’t sit together, they gave us tickets to the late show. So you may ask did we do? We sat through “Can’t Hardly Wait” all over again, but it was more fun the second time around.
Whenever the movie comes on tv now, part of me if the guy and the girl ended up together. It’s been 18 years, so for all I know they have 4 kids by now.