There have been few "teen-targeted comedies" that have succeeded in being entertaining, let alone intelligent, since the John Hughes or Harold Ramis films of the '80s and '90s. However, while imperfect, "CAN'T HARDLY WAIT," is one of the better films of the late '90s, and it's been released by SONY as the "10 YEAR REUNION EDITION." The plot revolves around various caricatures of high-school students attending the "big" graduation party at the end of the year, each with differing motives and conflicts. We've got the standard athletes wanting to get laid, the beautiful girl who's been dumped by the jock, the geek planning to hook up with at least one of the 10 girls he's targeted for the night, the quiet guy who's longed for the just dumped beauty, and more. Somehow, underneath the cliche's there's a real heart that comes out in "CAN'T HARDLY WAIT," and because it's never as patronizing as the "AMERICAN PIE" films, it succeeds where those films failed. Jennifer Love Hewitt reminds us here why she was once considered to be such a beauty, and Seth Green has never been more likeable than he is here.
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/MPEG-4 blu-ray release. While there's notably better detail than the previous dvd or new one offers, there are few scenes that offer the pop-off-the-screen type of depth offered on the best blu-rays available. Colors are solid, although seldom vibrant. Some slight grain is noticeable but never intrusive.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It's a surprisingly more aggressive mix than offered in most comedies. From the opening sequence, all speakers kick in effectively with discrete effects. Music, especially pop songs of the '90s, features prominently throughout the film, and bass is well used here as well.
Two commentary tracks are offered, and only the newer one, featuring cast members reminiscing about the film while watching it, is really worthwhile. Several featurettes are offered in full HD. Deleted scenes are offered in standard resolution, along with a music video.