Ah, High School.
No matter how old we get or what we go through after high school, a part of who we were back then stays with us.
Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) takes places during one evening. The class of 1998 has gotten together for one last party. Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is the most popular girl in school. For the last few years, she has been dating Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli). But she is starting to realize that maybe she does not want to be Mike’s girlfriend anymore. Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) has had a crush on Amanda since 9th grade. He has kept a letter that he wrote to her and tries to tell her how he feels. William Lichter (Charlie Korsmo) has been tormented by Mike for years. Tonight is his opportunity to get back at Mike.
I like this movie. It has an end of an era feeling to it. The boundary between who we are when we graduate high school and who we are when we enter college is invisible, but palpable. In a way, this movie is timeless because we all graduate high school and move on with our lives. But high school is still high school.
I recommend it and feel a little old.