In 2018, it will be 20 years since the Can't Hardly Wait gang threw their epic graduation party on the big screen. The cast think it's about time for a reunion movie, and now is as good a time as any to start the hype machine. Will we see Can't Hardly Wait 2 become a reality over the course of the next two years? Lead actors Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry sure hope so.
It happened this year with Wet Hot American Summer, which returned in the form of a Netflix series. Like that movie, Can't Hardly Wait has continued to grow a strong cult following over the years. It stands as a perfect time capsule for the 90s, especially in terms of clothing, slang and the social structure of the teenage movement at that time. 90s nostalgia is about to reach its crescendo soon, and this may be the perfect sequel to get us there.
In getting a sequel made, it helps that almost its entire ensemble cast have gone onto do much bigger and better things, and are still a draw for audiences. Like Wet Hot American Summer, this is the type of movie that will continue to appeal to its core audience, and is just asking for a revisit. Jennifer Love Hewitt was the first to jump on the Can't Hardly Wait 2 bandwagon, throwing out a Twitter message to her fans pitching a sequel. This followed a special screening of the original Can't Hardly Wait at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
"Can't Hardly Wait reunion movie anyone? Let's get them to make it!"
Can't Hardly Wait arrived in theaters June of 1998 just as a lot of high schoolers around the country were graduating themselves. The ensemble comedy followed a varied group of individuals, telling their stories as they intermingled and collided at a humongous house party on the night of their graduation. Along with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry, the film also starred Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Peter Facinelli, Seth Green, Michelle Brookhurst, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, Selma Blair, Melissa Joan Hart, Clea DuVall, Freddy Rodríguez, Sara Rue, Jaime Pressly, Jason Segel, Jerry O'Connell, Sean Patrick Thomas and Jenna Elfman. All of these guys are still quite active in the Hollywood scene, and probably open to appearing in a reunion movie follow-up.
The one actor who may not be down for a sequel is Charlie Korsmo, who played the very significant role of nerdy William Lichter, who finally gets to be one of the cool kids. Charlie Korsmo was a child actor who appearing in the 1990 comic strip adaptation Dick Tracy, Steven Spielberg's fantasy adventure Hook and the Bill Murray comedy What About Bob? He hasn't appeared on the big screen since 1998's Can't Hardly Wait, trading his Hollywood career for that of a law professor. Will he want to return to acting for a reunion movie? Can't Hardly Wait 2 certainly wouldn't be the same without him.
One actor who has no qualms about returning for Can't Hardly Wait 2 is the male lead of the movie Ethan Embry. He says he's definitely down for a sequel. The Huffington Post caught up with the actor shortly after Jennifer Love Hewitt sent out her tweet. This is what he had to say.
"Of course, I would be thrilled to work with any of the players involved again. Jennifer, Peter [Facinelli], Seth [Green], working with them back then, we were so young - it was a tremendous experience at such a wonderful time in my career, that if all the stars aligned, I would be happy to entertain that possibility. Right now it is just a hypothetical, so here's to dreaming."
Ethan Embry wants to make it quite clear that no such movie as Can't Hardly Wait 2 is in the works. It's just something being talked about. But that's how these things usually start. Both Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry were at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening over the weekend. Here are there tweets following the event. What do you think? Does the world need Can't Hardly Wait 2? Or should Hollywood start making new movies that we can still care about in twenty years?
Can't Hardly Wait reunion movie anyone? Let's get them to make it! pic.twitter.com/rI3XzLbzqD— Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh) August 16, 2015
Oh Mandy. You came and you gave without taking! https://t.co/3yW0WputcS— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) August 16, 2015
Mike Dexter is a god. pic.twitter.com/zRSbNoC1Pv— Ethan Embry (@EmbryEthan) August 17, 2015