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Hops and Box Office Flops: CAN’T HARDLY WAIT – A Love Burger with a Side of 90s Nostalgia


It’s fitting we end our “Coming-of-Age” month of movies with Can’t Hardly Wait. In every sense of the term, it is a teen cult classic. Oozing with 90s nostalgia, its setting will feel familiar to anyone who grew up in that highly confused and musically challenged decade.

More important, it’s just a heck of a lot of fun. Featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt—who was at the peak of her stardom—an instantly relatable Ethan Embry (Capt. Cash’s high school doppelgänger), a dynamo performance from Charlie “Remember me? I was in Hook!” Korsmo, and one of the great all-time cameos from Jerry O’Connell, Can’t Hardly Wait is a must if you’re a child of that era.

The man, the myth, the legend…William Lichter!

And that’s why it’s endured. When it was released in 1998, it did ok, grossing around $25 million on a budget about half of that. Through the years, though, it’s blossomed. And if you haven’t had the chance to see it, there’s no better time than the present. If anything, it’ll remind you—maybe more times than you’d like—that Smashmouth was a legitimate thing back then.

So sit back, open your yearbook to the most nostalgic page, crank the Paradise City, grab a Founders All Day IPA, and enjoy as I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), and Capt. Cash reunite Love Burger for this once in a lifetime performance!

This Weeks Segments:

  • Introduction – Our general reaction to the film, lingering questions, and our impromptu Can’t Hardly Wait-themed drinking game. (00:00)
  • “Am I full of s**t or not?” – Capt. Cash attempts to debunk or confirm facts I discovered while investigating the interwebs. (39:25)
  • “Where Are They Now?” Huntington Hillside High’s Class of 1998 – We assess who certain characters became later in life by assigning them another character from their filmography. (50:11)
  • Recommendations (58:32)

And, as always, hit us up on Twitter (@HopsandBOFlops) to check out all the interesting factoids—the legend of Charlie Korsmo, the odd Garfield subreddit, and more—from this week’s episode!

You can find this episode of Hops and Box Office Flops, as always, on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayStitcherPodbean, and Spotify!


Thomas L. Kelly

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