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Can't Hardly Wait (1998)

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Writers/directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, producers Jenno Topping and Betty Thomas, and actor Seth Green Rating:7.9/10 (7 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by AkiraKaneda on March 24th, 2006:Find all reviews by AkiraKaneda
Surprisingly, the audio commentary on this disc is quite a bit better than the film itself. A rather pedestrian story of a teen party, the commentary has very little to do with the making of the film and a lot more to do with how filmmakers can be forced by a studio to take a film that the MPAA has rated R and make it a PG-13. The commentary goes into detail about various scenes cut from the film for the ratings board. The filmmakers are very candid about their mistakes and the lessons learned during the shoot and during the rating process. I had little plan to listen to the director's commentary but wound up watching the whole movie again with the commentary after watching the first five minutes or so. If you want to see why some "just OK" movies turn out the way they do because of studio interference, you'll find this commentary fascinating.
Reviewed by pennylane520 on September 12th, 2007:Find all reviews by pennylane520
The directors and producers give tons of information. It was one of the most interesting commentaries I've ever heard because of them talking about everything that was cut out to achieve a PG-13 rating. It seems silly to me that you can show teens that are clearly wasted, but you can barely show them drinking to get that way. I think this is a great, hilarious film with a heart, and perhaps if it was made now, it would have an R rating. With top comedies like Wedding Crashers, 40 Year Old Virgin, etc making a killing at the box office and having very wide audiences, maybe the filmmakers would have just went for the R. It's definitely interesting to think about, and I would love to see an extended unrated cut of Can't Hardly Wait someday. The commentary is also funny at times, in part thanks to the always great Seth Green. I also laughed when they pointed out how you can see some of the actor's marks so clearly, so look out for that. Overall a very interesting track.