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Can't Hardly Wait Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    52

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The kind of movie that somehow succeeds in moving very, very slowly even while proceeding at a breakneck pace. It cuts quickly back and forth between nothing and nothing.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    Seeing gawky Charlie Korsmo, one-time movie moppet, as a superbrain whose introduction to alcohol leads him to do a rip-roaring rendition of Guns N' Roses' Paradise City, is worth a smile or two. But even that can't save [the] film.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Agreeably mindless generation-next trash, but it leaves you hungry for a movie in which the characters are more than walking screenwriter index cards.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Boozy party movie where losing inhibitions pays off.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is about a huge graduation party where most of the kids are drinking illegally, uttering crude language, and getting laid. Somehow it sneaked through with a PG-13 rating, though it's more lewd and bawdy than the rating implies.

  • Families can talk about what happens at parties. Is this movie's depiction realistic? What about all the drinking? Here are some tips for those who are concerned about the "peer-approved" drinking in movies like this.
  • Is Amanda having a good time? How must she feel when every guy she meets wants to get into her underwear? What is the lesson here? That she is not safe unless she has a guy to protect her? And even then? How might a movie like this affect a young female viewer?
  • Two characters end up in jail. How might that affect their lives after the party?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Underage drinking is made to look really fun. Kids swear and have sex, and that is made to look pretty fun, too.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: There aren't too many characters you would want your kids to emulate. Are the role models the sensitive kids who dodge the insults of their peers, while expressing their true feelings? Or are they the wasted bullies who pride themselves on how much action they get? Either way, the pickings are slim.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: High school thuggery. Mike tells a room of people that he's going to beat them all up. Weaklings get tossed aside, some punching, and lots of threatening language.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Girls exist for boys' sexual gratification. Kenny has a backpack full of sexual aids and condoms, which he ends up using with Denise in a bathroom. References to group sex, sex for revenge sake, guys with erections, the foreign exchange student asking people, "would you like to touch my penis?" Lots of deep throat kissing and dirty dancing. A couple has sex on the floor in the bathroom covered in towels, then discuss how quickly it was over.

  • language false4

    Language: You name it, it gets said: "bitches", "damn," "ho's," "balls,"" f--k," "bulls--t," "asshole," "fag," "boner."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Pop Tarts mentioned and shown, different clothing brands.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The party is all about underage drinking. Keg beer is poured, kids have bottles and cans of beer in their hands, they drink hard liquor, while others act stoned. Kids and adults smoke cigarettes. Characters intend to get drunk, and when they do, their inhibitions are shed completely, much to the approval of their wasted peers. Mike and William are thrown in jail when the party is busted.

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