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All I Wanna Do (1998)

Kirsten Dunst , Gaby Hoffmann , Sarah Kernochan  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffmann, Lynn Redgrave, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tom Guiry
  • Directors: Sarah Kernochan
  • Format: Subtitled, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJRQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All I Wanna Do" on IMDb

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When Odette (Gaby Hoffman) gets kicked out of her coed school for plotting to lose her virginity (All I Wanna Do is set in 1963), her parents send her to Miss Godard's Preparatory School, an all-girls school that tries to instill independence in its students. Her roommates turn out to be the school's troublemakers--Verena (Kirsten Dunst), Tinka (Monica Keena), and their friends Tweety (Heather Matarazzo) and Momo (Merritt Weaver). Though Odette initially resists (not because she wants to stick to the rules, but because she hates the whole school so much she won't even join the rebels), she gradually becomes part of the rambunctious circle. Due to financial trouble, the school's trustees decide to merge with a nearby boys' academy, despite the furious protests of Miss Godard's headmistress (Lynn Redgrave). Verena echoes the headmistress's sentiments and launches an offensive of pranks to discredit the visiting boys, even though the struggle splits apart her own social group. Though All I Wanna Do is being marketed as a goofy romp, it walks a line between a coming-of-age comedy and a young feminist manifesto (as one might imagine from the movie's previous title, Strike!). It's a tricky combination, but writer-director Sarah Kernochan succeeds--she also wrote Impromptu, which similarly mixed tart yet sympathetic humor with subtle political commentary. The direction is tight and the script allows its heroines a surprising complexity. The cast of rising young stars, also featuring Rachael Leigh Cook, is superb throughout. Strongly recommended. --Bret Fetzer

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a forgotten classic March 26, 2002
ALL I WANNA DO (which is also known as THE HAIRY BIRD) is a loving and hilarious look at the swinging 60's, featuring an impressive script and direction by Sarah Kernochan and a capable, strong cast.
Odette (Gaby Hoffmann) has just been shipped to Conneticut and Miss Godard's School for Girls. Run by the kindly Miss McVane (Lynn Redgrave - GODS AND MONSTERS) the school is a sanctuary for the girls who will have to take a second place to men when they eventually have to leave and go into the real world.
Odette falls into the outsiders group known as the Daughters of the American Ravioli - trouble-making Verena (Kirsten Dunst), brainy Momo (Merritt Wever), sex-hungry Tinka (Monica Keena) and the almost-pathelogical Tweety (Heather Matarazzo).
When Tweety accidentally discovers the plan to merge Miss Godard's with a neighboring boy's college, they put a huge and potentially dangerous plan into action to get rid of the "hairy bird"...
A clever and canny comedy filled with superb performances. Standouts in the cast include the wonderful Heather Matarazzo and the fantastic Monica Keena. The film also features Rachael Leigh Cook and Rosemary Dunsmore (ANNE OF AVONLEA).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stand-out Teen Comedy May 5, 2005
By casey87
Most teen comedies nowadays are so mindless, unfunny, and unrealistic that they aren't even worth watching. Although this movie is pure "chick flick", it's nothing like today's teen-sex comedies starring Chad Michael Murray, Lindsay Lohan, and Hilary Duff.

"All I Wanna Do", set in the early sixties, tells the story of Odette Sinclair, who is sent to an all-girls boarding school after her parents discover her plans to have sex with her boyfriend. Though reluctant at first, Odette befriends the school's biggest troublemakers, Verena, Tinka, Tweety, and Momo. They have their share of adventures with the boys, their classmates, and their teachers. But the girls aren't prissy--they're smart, sassy, funny, and ambitious, and when they find out that their school is merging with an all-boys academy, they pull off their biggest heist yet.

The acting in "All I Wanna Do" is brilliant; the writing is smart, funny, and filled with political humor of the 60s; the characters are real; and, the movie is funny, sexy, and memorable. It's a level above the standard teen-sex romps, more mature but still fun for younger and older teens. You can watch it again and again over the years and find something new with each viewing--"All I Wanna Do" is definitely worth your time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU GO, GIRLS! January 23, 2002
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Interestingly, this movie takes place the same year that Betty Friedan wrote "The Feminine Mystique".
It begins in early 1963 when one Odette Sinclair, played by a rebellious but very charismatic Gaby Hoffman, is taken from her home in Michigan, horse in tow, to the Miss Godard's School for Girls in Connecticut by irate parents after she is caught planning a tryst with her boyfriend, Dennis (a still-slightly boyish Matthew Lawrence).
At first, she resents the change of atmosphere. But the solemn, tremulous girl soon finds companionship with a group of girls, who, although they can be antagonistic, encourage her to find other aspirations beyond having sex with her boyfriend. These include her two luminescent blonde roomates, the sexually mature Tinka,whose favorite colors to wear when she's out of uniform are red and black, and the ever-scheming Verena, deftly played by Monica Keena and Kirsten Dunst respectively.
Heather Matarazzo's bulimic Tweety is a rather weak-willed character, and Merrit Wever's Momo is strong and smart. Together, these girls form a secret organization called The Daughters of the American Ravioli, in which they pledge to help each other acheive their goals. One of the more immediate ones is to rid the school of their lecherous teacher Mr. Dewey, to whom his portrayer, Robert Bockstael, gives such understated underhandedness. At a time when sex crimes against students at the hands of teachers may have been underreported due to the fact that the teachers most likely would have gotten off, this makes an interesting subplot.
But 1963 was the beginning of the modern feminist movement, and these girls take matters into their own hands after the Board of Trustees threatens to merge the school with the St.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must see May 12, 2006
"All I Wanna Do" is a hilarious teen comedy with memorable characters, original screenplay, and priceless jokes. Unlike most current teen comedies (with the exception perhaps of "Orange County"), this movie does not rely on gross humor or stereotypical characters and predictable love stories and plots. For those who do like that stuff, there is still a lot of vomiting, smoking and hormones in the movie, but they're all done in a clever, realistic and very funny way.

Kirsten Dunst is excellent in the movie, showing off her comedic style. Verena, Dunst's character, is not only the most ambitious and most conniving, but she is also the most attrative of the girls and has insecurities. Definitely a step up from the usual teen movie female character. Also, the main guy character, "Snake," likewise has a personality, compared the meatheads of the usual teen flick. He is in love with Tinka, and he has a strong group of funny sidekicks who all share a strong interest in photographing dead animals. (Trust me, it works.)

Interestingly, the movie is not only completely hilarious, but also has good messages. For example, girls should date nice guys!! Don't even consider the jerks (the private school guys the girls prevent from entering their school). Also, it's completely okay for girls to support each other, not be backstabbing, and to have dreams and goals beyond their appearance and finding a date. And the photographing interests of the nice versus bad guys is actually very revealing.

A definite must see!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie!
Great film, I've showed this to many people and they've all loved it (both men and women). I'm not sure why it didn't get more publicity when it came out, but it's hilarious and a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rose21
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun for Girls Night
Love the actresses in this and if you loved Mona Lisa Smile or Now & Then you can't go wrong with this one. A great coming of age, female empowerment movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the most flawless movie of all time
I really love this movie. Very entertaining. If awful movies that end up being perfection are what you enjoy, you will love this movie.
Published 6 months ago by Drew Gaworski
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Gift - not for me.
X mas gift for my wife - she will love it. Me? Not so much. It's a cliche romantic comedy movie.
Published 8 months ago by Brian J. Grojean
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Love this movie great to watch and would buy from this seller again I love watching these kinds of movies it's so funny
Published 8 months ago by Kb
5.0 out of 5 stars I completely forgot about this movie!!
I could NOT figure out what this movie was called til I typed in "Up your ziggy with a wah wah brush" lol that's all I could remember from it. I love this movie! Read more
Published 9 months ago by PrttyBlndGrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Up your ziggy with a wawa brush!
One of my favorite movies. I got this, since I am slowly replacing my VHS collection with Blu-Ray and DVD.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for East Coast Prep School Alums of a Certain Age
Ok, so if tou went to prep school in the sixties, this movie was made for you. How did they get it so right?
Published 18 months ago by Margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars good
This movie is really funny. I would recommend it. It arrived on time and in the condition that was stated.
Published on July 3, 2011 by margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe they had it!
I was super excited to find this on DVD. My sisters and I watched this movie as kids- we loved it! :-) It made my day. Great purchase experience!
Published on June 21, 2011 by LiRy8784
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