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Memories of the '90s...
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2020
I seldomly tend to write reviews but thought I had to as there very few other reviews on what I (and many others in my age range) consider to be a classic.
This film precedes American Pie and is much better than it, despite Pie managing to become a household name almost overnight. Maybe the lack of needless crude humor hurt the film 'Can't Hardly Wait', but it's also a part of the charm.
There's nothing original about the plot, so no point going into detail about what is essentially a teen crush movie with a party setting. But it's the characters that make it so great. As in most things he's in, Seth Green steals the show in this case by being pretty fly for a white guy. The rest of the cast is also incredible and it's a fun game just watching this film to see who had a cameo in it. Despite the many times I've seen it, I completely forgot Jason Segal (I Love a You Man, How I Met Your Mother) had a brief but funny part, in what is apparently one of his very first roles, along with 1990s stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sean Patrick Thomas, Donald Faison, Freddy Rodríguez, Jaime Pressley, Tamala Jones, Marisol Nichols, Clea Duvall, and so many more.
The bonus content is great with featurettes clocking in just under an hour in total plus two commentary tracks (one from the original release and then a new one from the 20th year anniversary edition). The picture quality isn't amazing with a noticeable (but not too heavy) grain (which isn't unexpected from an indie that's a decade and a half old) but it's a pretty solid transfer. The sound is decent but I haven't watched it with surround. If you were into alternative/punk rock from the decade, you'll appreciate the soundtrack if not the sound.
Some USA sellers here currently have it for about $8+ excl. shipping (for a blu-ray!) so no excuse to check it out if you grew up in that era. And if you do like it, check out 'Josie & The Pussycats,' 'Reality Bites,' and 'Cruel Intentions' (other forgotten gems of the generation!).