Can't Hardly Wait (1998) - 10 Year Reunion Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Romance
Sony || PG13 - 100 minutes - $28.95 || September 30, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-09-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan
Writer(s): Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan (written by)
Cast: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green


Theatrical Release Date: June 12, 1998


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Original Commentary
  • 10 Years Later Commentary
  • Huntington Hills High Class of '98 Reunion
  • Can't Hardly Wait: The Making of a Teen Classic
  • The Life of the Party
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Fun Facts and Trivia Pop-Up Track
  • Trivia Game (BD Exclusive)
  • BD-Live (BD Exclusive)
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD), French (Dolby TrueHD), Portuguese (Dolby TrueHD), Thai (Dolby TrueHD)
  • Subtitles: English, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Certain movies speak to a generation and Can't Hardly Wait certainly is one of those films. Set right after their high school graduation, the class of 1999 all meets at a house party that will signify their change from teenager to adult. As with most films of the high school cliché genre we have our typical assortment of teens: The Jock (Mike; Peter Facinelli), The Jock's Hot Girlfriend (Amanda; Jennifer Love Hewitt), The Guy that Loves the Jocks Hot Girlfriend (Preston; Ethan Embry), The Guy's Platonic Girlfriend (Denise; Lauren Ambrose), The Wannabe (Kenny; Seth Green) and The Geek (William; Charlie Korsmo).

Now, everyone goes to this party to achieve a certain goal, for Preston (our main character) it’s to tell Amanda, the girl that he's loved since Freshman year, that he wants her. Fresh off of being dumped, Amanda wants nothing to do with anyone and simply shows up to prove everyone else wrong. Kenny, our resident geek, is determined to get laid and coupled with his 'Eminem' like-talk he puts the moves out there and hopes a female will take his bait.

Eventually the film ends just as you would expect it to and your left wanting things to have just a bit more depth. I'm no stranger to film, seeing it probably close to a dozen times on VHS years ago, but the film just does not hold up. Acting is rather bad and the characters themselves are just not that defined. Are we really supposed to care that Preston loves Amanda that much and waited until the very last moment of high school to tell her?

What's great about the film is the fact that it had to be toned down significantly to earn a PG-13 rating. This provides several unintentional hilarious moments where you have no idea what’s going on because certain things had to be edited out or changed. One of these moments happens at the 24 minute mark where we see two people in the background with red balloons. Look closely... they are actually beer bongs disguised as balloons!

Other things changed included a Watermelon filled with Vodka (which is why Jason Segal's character is licking it), as well as the toy dinosaur which is actually a bong. I hope Sony one day releases the true cut of this film... as nearly thirty minutes of scenes were thrown aside for a more "family friendly" film.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are presented in SD unless otherwise noted.

Original Commentary & 10 Years Later Commentary - Both are really good tracks and worth a listen. I enjoyed the new '10 Years Later' one much more as it focused more on reminiscing instead of "Dude, look at that girl she’s hot!" type of comments. Original commentary features Actor Seth Green, Writer/Directors Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont and Producer Jenno Topping; 10 Years Later has Kaplan & Elfont and Actors Seth Green, Donald Faison, Joel McHaley and Peter Facinelli.

Huntington Hills High Class Of '98 Reunion (26:43; HD) -A really good documentary bringing back most of the cast and crew to talk about how they got the part and generally just having fun. Very well produced and entertaining. Loved the part where they discuss why Jason Segal is licking the Watermelon with such vigor...

Can't Hardly Wait: The Making Of A Teen Classic (14:28; HD) - More of an extension of the Reunion, this focuses just a bit more on how the script came to be and includes a few snippets of deleted scenes.

The Life Of The Party (9:28; HD) - Yet another extension...we get an idea on how some of the cast partied in High School.

Deleted Scenes (~6 Minutes) - A collection of mostly extended scenes...but the real gem here is a short scene featuring "Crazy Drunk Girl" who was cut from the film. All look very, very rough. Why couldn't "Crazy Drunk Girl" get her own feature?

Special K's 411 Track Yo': Fun Facts and Trivia Pop-Up Track - Eh. Not too impressed with this track as it tends to state some pretty ridiculous things. Skip it. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

You Know Your '90's If... Trivia Game - A trivia game... which apparently can be played via BD-Live. Not that great, but a decent extra. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

BD-Live - Just like all other BD-Live titles, this is not available until the titles release day. Most likely it's just trailers and previews for other Sony films like before. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

Also included is the hit Smash Mouth music video ‘I Can't Get Enough Of You Baby'. Oh man...like I didn't hear that song over and over before.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Can't Hardly Wait is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC/MPEG-4) on a 50GB disc. Considering the film is now ten years old, I felt it was simply an average transfer. Colors were not very vibrant and blacks were teetering more on the 'greyish' side. Nothing really popped out at me and if you told me I was watching an up-converted DVD I would have believed you.

Sony has included an English Dolby 5.1 TrueHD Track. Much like the Picture quality, I was not very impressed here. Dialog at times was a bit muffled and inconsistent and the soundtrack was rather flat. The only part I did like was the first few minutes at graduation where a different person would be whispering and you would hear several conversations happening on all 5 speakers. Neat affect, but that's about it.



.::OVERALL::.

The Blu-ray library severely lacks any "teen" comedies so I would recommend giving this one a shot. While not as good as American Pie, it still has a great appeal and you will have many "Oh man... it’s that guy/girl" moments. Loaded with special features and average picture/audio quality I still recommend picking up this great catalog title.