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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.


Jeffrey Porter


Charles Kephart





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)


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.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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


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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You Gotta Decide
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Edwards (as Steve Edwards)
Performed by Donna Darlington
Courtesy of Source In Sync, LLC
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Could not have enjoyed it more!
8 August 2004 | by countrugensmomSee all my reviews

I could not have enjoyed this movie more. To watch a young man of great intelligence and humor but woefully lacking in social graces find his place in the world was a joy. The coming of age angst was a trip down memory lane for me. I related to way too much of the film for my own comfort. The apartment building and it's eclectic band of residents left me wondering, "Are there any vacancies?" Seeing Jones' journey into manhood was a priceless trip. As he faces his demons and the failings in those around him he begins to discover the meaning of his life. His practicing of opening the wine bottles was hilarious. Who here hasn't practiced looking cool? Honestly? I have and his journey rang true. Elijah Wood is a truly gifted man. Once again he has become his character. Mandy Moore impressed me yet again in her fearless acceptance of roles that make her look like an idiot. The entire cast was well chosen.

Let me take this opportunity to mention that the scene where Jones loses his virginity is the hottest love scene I've witnessed since Mel Gibson and Piper Laurie's love scene in Tim. and that's saying something. I'm not sure what...but it's something. Very hot.

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Release Date:

1 April 2003 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

All I Want See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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