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In this movie clip (at 2:01), actor Jack Black says:

That was so intense I, like, can't even with this place.

What does he mean he can't even with the place?

  • ..or was it "pace"? – lebatsnok Apr 6 '18 at 13:23
  • @lebatsnok No, it's 'place'. See moviequotesandmore.com/… – JK2 Apr 6 '18 at 13:54
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    Did you search for "I can't even meaning"? There are many sites that explain it. – stangdon Apr 6 '18 at 14:44
  • OK, usually, in speech, you would say something like: I can't, like, even [deal] with this place. In this particular case, he skips the verb. Often, one might do that...you don't finish a phrase where you would have actually said: can't even deal or handle this place. Sometimes the "can't even" just dies out and you never get to the verb: "God, I just can't, like, even [missing word replaced by a facial expression] ..... This place...." – Lambie Apr 6 '18 at 17:00
  • That's the kind of thing he should have done, as an actor, but his timing is off and the director's decided to keep it anyway. Also, in the script you would see ellipses here:...He did not follow those ellipses with his voice though he sort of did with his expression. – Lambie Apr 6 '18 at 17:02
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"I can't even" is more typically used as a sentence fragment after some remark, like the person meant to finish the sentence as "I can't even believe that" or "I can't even imagine" or "I can't even talk any more about this." It's often said with frustration or sarcasm as if the speaker can't even finish speaking.

"That was so intense I, like, can't even with this place." would be more typically said as "This place was so intense, I can't even." In that clip, it's funny because the actor uses the expression without the normal pause at the end, instead filling in "with this place." It is definitely an unusual construct and indicates (to me) that he is flustered.

Some fun examples of "I can't even": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQ-zy4RoXZY

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I believe it's just making fun of a dialect some people have. Teenage girls are stereotyped to put the word "like" in between most of their words. In this particular context, I believe he's saying "That was so intense, I hate that place."

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