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Can't Hardly Wait: Jason Segel Enters The Movie World

Updated on January 23, 2014

2 Movie Careers Begin While One Ends

Back in 1998 Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont wrote and directed a movie called ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’. The low budget film produced by Columbia Pictures and Tall Trees Productions would prove to be the start of two great acting careers and the end of a child star’s run at cinema success.

The film is based on a nerd’s plans to exact revenge on the football star who has bullied him throughout his high school career. The revenge plans are set to culminate at a year-end party, directly following graduation.

The nerd, played by Charlie Korsmo, ends up being the star of the party. The football star, played by Peter Facinelli, has his followers turn their back on him with, ironically, just Korsmo’s character giving him any pity.

Jason Segel

Perhaps the funniest actor on the small and big screen today, Segel was an unknown kid when ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ came out in 1998. Credited simply as ‘Watermelon Guy’, Segel appears for a short time at the party, stoned and eating watermelon poolside. See the video below showing this scene from the movie.

Jason went on to star in several well-known movies like ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and ‘I Love You, Man’. He is probably best known as Marshall Eriksen in the hit television series ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

Charlie Korsmo

Korsmo stars in ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ as William Lichter. Perhaps, better known for two child roles he played in 1991 blockbusters, for Charlie this would be his last movie credit as an actor. In 1991, Korsmo played Jack in ‘Hook’, a film starring Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman. Jack was the son of Peter Panny, played by Williams.

That same year, he played death obsessed Siggy Marvin in the movie ‘What About Bob?’. The movie starred Bob Murray and Richard Dreyfuss. Since, Korsmo and his apparently large brain have moved on to high level government positions in the United States.

Peter Facinelli

Facinelli stars opposite Korsmo as Mike Dexter, high school football quarterback. Peter is credited with minor roles in television and movies back to 1995. However, ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ was his first starring role. Facinelli is better known as Doctor Carlisle Cullen in the Twilight Saga. In case you’re not sure who that is, it’s Edward Cullen’s vampire father.

Also Starring

The movie also starred Jennifer Love Hewitt as Amanda Beckett. Beckett was Mike Dexter’s love interest who he dumps just before the graduation party. Ethan Embry stars as Preston Meyers, the lovable kid that has had a crush on Love Hewitt’s character throughout high school. Seth Green plays an over-the-top rich white kid stuck right in the middle of the Eminem craze.

Uncredited cameos include Jerry O’Connell and Jenna Elfman. O’Connell plays the star quarterback, Trip McNeely, from the previous school year that Dexter bases his life on. After Dexter has been humiliated at the party, he runs into McNeely and finds that being a stud athlete in high school doesn’t continue on as a college freshman.

Jenna Elfman was in her second season as Dharma Finkelstein Montgomery on the hit show television show ‘Dharma and Greg’ when ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’ came out. Elfman plays an escort dressed as an angel. Embry’s character and Elfman’s meet under fiery circumstances but in the end, Elfman gives him the inspiration to go back and chase his dream girl, Amanda Beckett.

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      Tom Samworth 3 years ago from Canada

      Thanks! PVR'd Slackers a few weeks ago off some cable network I pay tons for. I missed that movie so much - probably watched it ten times since I recorded it..

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      kevina oyatedor 3 years ago

      Can't Hardly Wait is my favorite movie. Still love it. Slackers is my third fav of his and Forgetting Sarah Marshall is my second. I haven't seen Gulliver's travels though. Love him in Freaks and Geeks and How I met your Mother. Great hub.