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All I Want (2003)

Elijah Wood , Franka Potente , Jeffrey Porter  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Franka Potente, Mandy Moore, Chris William Martin, Deborah Harry
  • Directors: Jeffrey Porter
  • Writers: Charles Kephart
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Bradley Jenkel, George Furla, Holly Wiersma
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AKCJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,644 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All I Want" on IMDb

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Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) stars as seventeen-year-old Jones, an aspiring writer who shelves plans for college and rents a room in a boarding house, where the quirky tenants teach him a lot more than any classroom ever could. Between bouts of longing for his mother's (Elizabeth Perkins) love and his father's address, he fantasizes about enhancing his romantic prospects. First, hebuys a bed from the oversexed Ma Mabley (Deborah Harry), who offers to help him break it in. Beforelong, he becomes involved with struggling actress Lisa (Mandy Moore, A Walk to Remember). However, it's the enigmatic Jane (Franka Potente, The Bourne Identity), a photographer, and a few years olderthan he, who really gets his pulse racing. When Jane has a car accident and her ex-boyfriend shows up on his motorcycle, things get complicated. Jones enlists the aid of Brad (Aaron Pearl), his wackydownstairs neighbor, and they concoct a scheme that could get him what he wants . . . and a lot more!

Elijah Wood has one of his first post-Frodo leading roles in this mild-mannered comedy (the title of which was Try Seventeen in its film festival showings). He's a 17-year-old college dropout who moves into a funky old apartment building and becomes intrigued by his wacky neighbors. Mandy Moore plays the self-absorbed actress across the hall, and Run Lola Run goddess Franka Potente is a cranky photographer. The movie has a few surprises (the casting seems to suggest a teenybopper romance for Wood and Moore, but not so fast), although the energy level rarely perks up and it's pretty thin on actual narrative happenings. Wood's tendency toward fantasy is an especially tired device. A furtive sense of humor, plus the big adoring closeups of the highly photogenic leading ladies, provides the low-key interest. Trivia: Elizabeth Perkins plays the hero's irresponsible mom; she was also Elijah Wood's mother in Avalon. --Robert Horton

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All I want? August 2, 2004
It's tough being a seventeen-year-old virgin. Especially one with an active imagination, and gallons of hormones. Or at least, it's tough for Jones Dillon, the slightly neurotic teenage hero of "All I Want," a fitful but rather amusing romantic comedy that breaks some rules and sticks religiously to others.

Seventeen-year-old Jones (Elijah Wood) arrives at a university -- unless he enrolls, he can't access the sizable inheritance his grandpa left him. But after being scared off by the roommate from hell, he drops out and heads to a local sublet apartment building. The building comes with some unusual roommates: gay cowboy Brad (Aaron Pearl), sultry aspiring actress Lisa (Mandy Moore), and sullen photographer Jane (Franka Potente).

Settling into his new home, Jones bickers with his estranged mother from Texas, and writes (very imaginative) letters to the mysterious father he never knew. But to deal with the problems of his life, this confused teen will have to face up to the reality around him -- and the women who want him. Especially when he learns that the truth is harsh, and might just break his heart.

Romantic comedies are a dime a dozen, and most of them are forgotten the moment the credits roll. In contrast, "All I Want" (original title: "Try Seventeen") manages to be pretty memorable. Different settings, different characters, and a different kind of lead -- rather than a Holden Caulfield wannabe or a stud, Jones is the kind of likable kid who lives down your street.

The script is somewhat flawed. The ending is pure Hollywood cliche. And it's hard to see why Jones would prefer the alcoholic and abusive Jane over the sweeter if sluttier Lisa.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "All I Want" is all you need August 12, 2003
"All I Want" is not so much a quest for cool as it is a quest for identity. As a teen romance, the film flops. As an intriguing independent coming-of-age story, it soars.
The film opens with wretched cliches: freshman-baiting bullies, a blond sexpot (Debbie Harry), and Oedipal red neck intimidators. But just as the despair-factor begins to take hold, Jones Dillon (Elijah Wood) pays a visit to his neighborhood convenience store. He picks up a case of beer, a pack of cigarettes, and attempts a pickup of his unknowing new neighbor, Jane (Franka Potente).
Happy-puppy Jones follows street-smart Jane to the apartment building they both share. Disaster unfolds. Jane maces Jones as he approaches her in the front hall. A helpful neighbor (Andrew Jackson) appears with a six-shooter and an attitude. The scene leaves you wincing and laughing. Action and interest perk up from that moment on.
This is a subtle, quirky film. Off beat humor and tender scenes are enhanced by a good alternative music soundtrack. Wood has fine moments as his character learns to furnish an apartment, open a bottle of wine, and, eventually, to relinquish long held fantasies.
But the whole cast creates an ensemble of believable and empathetic characters, from Potente's edgy photographer to Mandy Moore's self-absorbed wannabe actress. Elizabeth Perkins, playing Jones' Holly-Go-Lightly mother, is a heartbreaker. But it's all held together by Wood's engaging Jones.
When "All I Want" finally takes aim, it hits the target.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Teen Movie November 15, 2003
By Emily
Over all, this is a very cute and entertaining movie. Elijah Wood is a 17 year-old who is out on his own in the world. He leaves college after only one day and gets an apartment where he meets two girls whom hate each other. Elijah is adorable (as usual) and you really feel for his character. Franka Potente is very good as well. While she seems crazy at first, she ends up being a very lovable character. Mandy Moore, on the other hand, was very unconvincing and had very wooden acting. I liked her in "A Walk to Remember" but she was just plain horrible in this. Besides her stinking up the movie, it is very lovable and I reccomend any young adult to see it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All I a little more February 11, 2004
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Darn it, but I wanted this to have a better ending than it did! "All I Want" (Try 17) starts out wonderful. Elijah fans will love the way this film starts: lots of fun, lots of sexual tension, the Thurber-like fantasy his character slips into as a way to treat the jerks he encounters (hey, we all could use a bazooka now and then ^_~), it's all quite fun and quite funny. The film has an R rating for the language and sexual situations (though you don't actually see anything!). Elijah plays this gawky teen (who seems to have come into just enough inheritance to let him live comfortably and not have to work) who drops out of college on the first day. There's just enough slapstick to keep you wanting to see if he indeed can carry a comedy, and a physical one at that. He finds am apartment in a boarding house that has several quirky residents, all with their own little stories. When he is about to be deflowered by the used furniture store lady (Debbie Harry is a hoot!) you keep expecting Samwise Gamgee to come running in and rescuing him. But now that you've totally gotten "Frodo" out of your mind (and you will after Elijah comes to <cough> from this particular fantasy), you can sit back and watch Elijah's character lust between his two lovely neighbors in the boarding house.
Elijah's character narrates now and then as he types his feelings and fantasies down on paper (some of these fantasies are very funny), using his dad's typewriter (was he going to become a writer, then? there's a hint of that)in letters that he saves, because he doesn't know where to send them; mom won't tell him. Very touching actually, clinging to a past life he wants to hang onto, but one that his mom has not interest in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars It's okay
Not a great movie but a must have for fans of the actors. It's a cute love story. Not something I would watch over and over.
Published 19 months ago by Allison Janezic
3.0 out of 5 stars All I Want
" All I Want" is okay for a movie about a young college student just starting his first year.It is not my favorite Elijah Wood movie. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Steven L. Braden
1.0 out of 5 stars one of Mandys worst movies
This movie was one of Mandy Moores earliest movies. Her acting was good, she looked real good, and she gets turned down, get real directors, not likely to happen in real life. Read more
Published on July 10, 2010 by John Pacheco
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the plot?
I bought this film from my work, despite never having previously heard of it, and going purely by the blurb. It grabbed my attention for some reason, so I bought it. Read more
Published on March 25, 2007 by Meesha
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching again, and again!
I cannot belive I used to think this was not worth watching! "Try Seventeen" (aka. "All I Want") is one of the best drama/romantic comedies I have seen. Read more
Published on March 13, 2007 by Daniel
2.0 out of 5 stars Uhhh...
Ok, I took my chances on buying this movie without seeing it first because I am an Elijah Wood fan and was interested to see him in a role that's not Frodo. Read more
Published on July 24, 2006 by Kalee
2.0 out of 5 stars Frodo finally gets some
This is a pretty poor romantic comedy/coming of age film, with all the conventions that you would expect: broken home, overly sensitive boy, wise older woman friend, rampant... Read more
Published on May 31, 2006 by Robert J. Crawford
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool
I loved this movie. I really don't know why. I just saw it and all my friends thought it was stupid but I liked it. Read more
Published on March 7, 2005 by R. Purpura
2.0 out of 5 stars eh, it was ok
to be honest, i rented this movie about a year ago and don't remember anything except that it was just okay. Read more
Published on December 16, 2004 by Marie Kelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable But Unoriginal Teen Movie (Though Frodo Was 21)
Also known as inexplicable 'Try Seventten,' 'All I Want' stars Elijah Wood, Franka Potente ('Run Lola Run'), Mandy Moore ('Walk to Remember'), and Elizabeth Perkins. Read more
Published on August 23, 2004 by Tsuyoshi
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