My personally awesome circumstances (Mmm-hmm-bop!) may have made Can’t Hardly Wait particularly special to me, but I don’t think it is the only reason I continue to re-watch it. There are lots of movies from my childhood that fail to resonate at all (sorry, grade 5 b-day party pick, The Bachelor). But no matter how many times I sing along to “Paradise City” with William, laugh at Kenny’s makeshift “Love Kit”, or ponder about the connection between God and salt with a very stoned Nick Andopolis, Can’t Hardly Wait never ever fails to impress me.
Okay, I know. I made a lot of references right there you don’t understand. But you can, if you give this movie a chance. But before you rush off to your local Blockbuster or whatever, let me give you a full-out recap of the awesomeness you’re about to watch.
In addition to Mike, Amanda, Preston and Denise, there’s Kenny (Seth Green), the wannabee gangsta with a cherry to pop, William (Charlie Kosmo), the X-phile who just wants revenge, and a whole bunch of familiar faces you could attribute to at least two people from your own high school (the goofy stoners, the over-spirited girl, the TMI-sharing failed class clown…). And look out for some modern stars who make small, but awesome cameos (Jason Segel as a watermelon-obsessed pothead, Jaime Pressley as “Girlfriend #1”, Jenna Elfman as a Scott Baio fan/stripper-angel).