All I Want (Try Seventeen) (2002)




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The romantic comedy Try Seventeen is a coming-of-age tale directed by Jeffrey Porter. Jones Dillon (Elijah Wood) is a young writer who is living on his own for the first time. Jones continually writes letters to the father he has never met, while his mother Blanche (Elizabeth Perkins) resides in Texas. Enrolled in college, he quickly abandons the stifling dormitory setting and eventually his classes as well. He finds an apartment in an old building in the city and befriends his neighbors. The place is filled with colorful artists and other nonconformist types. Jones gets romantically involved with struggling actress Lisa (Mandy Moore) and photographer Jane (Franka Potente). He buys furniture from Ma Mabley (Debbie Harry) and proceeds to try and lose his virginity while searching for his absent father.
R (adult situations/language, sex)
Comedy , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Elijah Wood
as Jones
Deborah Harry
as Ma Mabley
Andrew Jackson
as Guy Mabley
Aloma Wright
as Alicia
Frank C. Turner
as Custodian
Josh Byer
as Skinhead
Chad Faust
as Tough Guy
Daniella Evangelista
as Tough Guy's Girlfriend
Vicky Huang
as Cantonese Fantasy Girl
Tom Bell
as Bartender
Chris Boyd
as No Arms Actor
Desiree Zurowski
as Fantasy Instructor
Narma Ya
as Fantasy Belly Dancer
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Critic Reviews for All I Want (Try Seventeen)

All Critics (7)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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October 16, 2005

Coming of age flick never grows up

Full Review… | October 10, 2004

Taken individually, each scene has interesting qualities. However, as a whole, director Jeffrey Porter fails to bring it all together.

November 1, 2003
Apollo Guide

Yet another tiresome coming-of-age movie.

Full Review… | October 7, 2003
Boxoffice Magazine

Not to be bothered with.

Full Review… | October 7, 2003

Audience Reviews for All I Want (Try Seventeen)


Elijah Wood, Franka Potente, Mandy Moore, Elizabeth Perkins, Deborah Harry, Aaron Pearl, Chris William Martin DIRECTED BY: Jeffrey Porter A 17-year-old college dropout who moves into a funky old apartment building and becomes intrigued by his wacky neighbors. A self-absorbed actress and a cranky photographer who live just across the hall, and downstairs a very butch gay man. It is just one of those films you want to shut off cause it's so ridiculous but yet you for some reason want to finish it. Probably one of the silliest films I have seen in a while. Had a couple laughable moments, but in all just a film that will have you wondering "why did I rent this". Just a silly movie that some might like.


Super Reviewer

Just okay.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


A great movie.

Leo L
Leo L

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