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Try Seventeen (2002)

The story of a young man who enters college only to discover that he can learn more about life and love from his neighbors in the apartment building where he lives.

Director:

Jeffrey Porter

Writer:

Charles Kephart
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elijah Wood ... Jones
Franka Potente ... Jane
Mandy Moore ... Lisa
Chris William Martin ... Steve
Debbie Harry ... Ma Mabley (as Deborah Harry)
Elizabeth Perkins ... Blanche
Aaron Pearl ... Brad
Aloma Wright ... Alicia
Andrew Jackson ... Guy
Malcolm Scott ... Randy
Frank C. Turner ... Custodian
Josh Byer ... Skinhead
Chad Faust ... Tough
Daniella Evangelista ... Girlfriend
Michael Roberds Michael Roberds ... Clerk (as Michael Roberts)
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Storyline

After 17-year-old misfit Jones Dillon (Wood) drops out of college on his first day, he moves into an old apartment building where he soon becomes entangled in the lives of his kooky new neighbors, including a temperamental photographer (Potente) and a self-absorbed aspiring actress (Moore). When he's not busy flirting with the ladies or learning to live on his own, would-be writer Jones divides his time between fending off queries from his alcoholic mother (Perkins), penning letters to an absentee father, and indulging in an overactive fantasy life. An auto accident forces a reality check, however, nudging Jones to grow up & decide what he really wants. Written by Kay-22

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You're only seventeen once. For Jones Dillon, it's one time too many.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 April 2003 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

All I Want See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On some of the DVD box covers, Jane and Lisa's hair colors are reversed from that of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Blanche: You were my chance. And I blew it.
Jones: Blanche. No, you didn't blow it.
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From The Heavens
Written by Peter Calandra (as Pete Calandra) and Scott Schreer (as Scott P. Schreer)
Courtesy of Freeplay Music
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Beautiful, heartfelt film
10 February 2005 | by SBLOMSSee all my reviews

All I Want/Try Seventeen is a fresh, beautiful film about one young man's struggles as he travels along the bumpy path of growing up. This film was absolutely brilliant- the script, the way it was filmed, and especially the music all worked together to make it a refreshing change from the normal teen movies of today. Not to mention the acting- Elijah Wood did a wonderful job of portraying his character, Jones Dillon. He gave just the right amount of depth and feeling to his character without overacting. Hollywood could do with more young actors like Elijah Wood. He knows how to give a real, stirring, heartfelt performance and he give his all, which is apparent in this film. Equally good performances came from Mandy Moore and Franka Potente. If you remember what it's like to be around that age, on the brink of adulthood but not quite there yet, you will enjoy this film!


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