Wednesday, July 2, 2008

LWITM: Can't Hardly Wait

I figured I would at least give you all (the few that look here) a little something. I have thought about doing this for a little while now, and since I have nothing to say today - it might be the perfect time.

I have noticed that there are a few movies out there from the past, whose casts are pretty strong - especially if they would try to get that cast together today.

So, my first Look Who's In That Movie (LWITM) is about Can't Hardly Wait.

Can't Hardly Wait
arrived in theaters in 1998 with the huge star supposedly Jennifer Love Hewitt. But, dive a little deeper and you will see just how many of today's stars were just up-and-comers when this little movie came out.

First off, you have the circle of stars in this film:

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt played Amanda Beckett, the object of Preston Myers affection.
  • Ethan Embry played Preston Myers, a boy who pined after Amanda since the first day she walked into school - but never had the courage to speak to her.
  • Lauren Ambrose played Denise Fleming, a girl who thought she was better than the high school crowd - and was Preston's best friend.
  • Seth Green played Kenny Fisher, a boy who acted urban despite obviously being very white. His whole persona was trying to get laid.
  • Peter Facinelli played Mike Dexter, Amanda's ex-boyfriend and ruler of the high school. The very obvious jock-type who picks on the nerds and is looking to score.
  • Charlie Korsmo played William Lichter, a huge nerd whose purpose for attending the party is to embarrass Mike - but ends up getting drunk and becoming the life of the party.
Hewitt was a decent sized star before this movie came out with her television role on Party of Five and movie roles like I Know What You Did Last Summer. Green has become a huge star in Hollywood with film roles, guest stars on television shows and two of his own in Robot Chicken and Family Guy. Ambrose had the starring role in the hit television series Six Feet Under. Facinelli starred in Fastlane, and has been last seen in Damages. Korsmo, however, did a reverse turn. He was more known for his child roles in Hook and Dick Tracy - Can't Hardly Wait was his last film role.

Dive a little deeper, however, and even those smaller characters have become players in Hollywood.

  • Scrubs star Donald Faison was the Loveb├╝rger drummer.
  • My Name Is Earl star Jaime Pressly played Beth, one of Amanda's friends.
  • American Pie's Chris Owen was the Klepto Kid.
  • Breckin Myer of Road Trip played the Loveb├╝rger lead singer.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch's Melissa-Joan Hart was the Yearbook Girl.
  • Selma Blair, of Hellboy, was one of the girls that Mike hits on.
  • Less Than Perfect star Sara Rue was known as Earth Girl.
  • 24's Eric Balfour played the Hippie Guy.
  • How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segal was the Watermelon Guy.
  • Save the Last Dance's Sean Patrick Thomas was Mike's jock friend.
  • Freddy Rodriguez from Grindhouse played another jock friend.
  • Cloverfield's Brian Klugman was the Stoner Guy.
That's most of the now known characters, but I am sure there are more. A pretty eclectic list - and I am sure most of those actors/actresses would not be in this movie - if it were made today. The asking price for some of their salaries might almost eclipse the entire movie's budget.

It's pretty cool that so many characters from one film have made it, at least somewhat, in the movie/television world. I will keep my eyes open for more films like this - and when I don't have much to write about, I will slap that sucker into a blog.

Hope you like it.



  1. Yup - this is up there with Dazed and Confused on the list of "high school comedies that produced/featured a ton of stars/familiar faces." The wattage is higher with Dazed, but Can't Hardly Wait features so many people that have continued their climb it's unreal.

    It's been a few years since I've seen it - I surely didn't know who Jason Segal was the last time I did, but I was aware of most everyone else.

  2. Yeah, there's a ton of people, but the most important (and probably biggest name for today) on the list is Seth Green. Gotta love that guy.