Still more AMERICAN GRAFFITI 100 percent social-significance free. The graduating class of Huntington Hills high is getting ready for a wild party, and over the course of a long, drunken evening, a series of stories overlap and intersect.
Sensitive outcast Preston (Ethan Embry), who's leaving the next day for a writing seminar with Kurt Vonnegut, moons over prom queen Amanda (Jennifer Love Hewitt), on whom he's had a crush since freshman year. Amanda has just been dumped by her self-centered jock Mike (Peter Facinelli), who's
trying to bully his buds into ditching their girls, too, so they'll all be free for hot college-babe action. Sharp-tongued loner Denise (Lauren Ambrose) reconnects with childhood pal Kenny (Seth Green), who wants to be a homey, while persecuted nerd William (Charlie Korsmo) plots revenge on his
popular tormentors. The cast is peppered with familiar TV faces -- Party of Five's Jennifer Love Hewitt, Seth Green of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sabrina the Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart, Jenna (Dharma & Greg) Elfman and Sliders' Jerry O'Connell, in a
cameo as a jock who washed out in college -- and the soundtrack is an infectious gumbo of songs from the '70s, '80s and '90s. It's all cutely derivative, occasionally charming and very occasionally clever -- the sequence in which a discarded love letter makes its way out of the trash and into the
hands of the girl for whom it was intended is a small gem -- but the movie's vague aspirations to being something more than disposable fluff never amount to anything. The busy pop-culture web on which the story rests won't bear the weight of, say, a sage Fellini-esque stripper in an angel costume
(Elfman): Better just to let the kids party.
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- Released: 1998
- Rating: PG-13
- Review: Still more AMERICAN GRAFFITI 100 percent social-significance free. The graduating class of Huntington Hills high is getting ready for a wild party, and over the course of a long, drunken evening, a series of stories overlap and intersect. Sensitive outcas… (more)