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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.

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Jeffrey Porter

Writer:

Charles Kephart
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Cast

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 ... 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.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$155,997
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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

Jones: My mother, she was deep into all of it - booze, pills, everything she could get her hands on. I was born 10 weeks premature. By the time the doctors discovered the bone disease, it was too late to treat properly. I've been suffering since before I was born.
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Heartbreak June
Written by Dean Olawski and Trent Walker
Courtesy of Tracquisition
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An original romantic comedy with an AMAZING Script!
12 September 2002 | by elchubbo99See all my reviews

Faboulous! Easily one of the most original romantic comedy's I have seen in ages, TRY SEVENTEEN manages to side-step all the cheesy cliches usually inherent in this kind of film. Great dialogue is only one of the many praises I can heap upon the script. It's witty, intelligent, original, and not afraid to take chances with the audience. But the story is all the more richer for it. It never steps where you think it will, instead surprising the viewer with some scenarios we haven't seen before. Elijah Wood, Franka Potente, and OF COURSE, Mandy Moore are all perfectly cast for their individual parts, and they all play them with a wisdom and maturity far beyond their years. Everyone in attendance, from 16 to 60, seemed to love the refreshingly sweet yet slightly sour tone of the film. It managed to be engaging without being lewd or crude in anyway, and mainly because of that became accesible to virtually any age group and any audience that is open-minded enough to give it a shot. Packed with laughs, heartache, sex, and honesty, TRY SEVENTEEN succeds by showing us all the things that make life and love so inherently amazing and beautiful.


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