"All I Want" is not so much a quest for cool as it is a quest for identity. As a teen romance, the film flops. As an intriguing independent coming-of-age story, it soars.
The film opens with wretched cliches: freshman-baiting bullies, a blond sexpot (Debbie Harry), and Oedipal red neck intimidators. But just as the despair-factor begins to take hold, Jones Dillon (Elijah Wood) pays a visit to his neighborhood convenience store. He picks up a case of beer, a pack of cigarettes, and attempts a pickup of his unknowing new neighbor, Jane (Franka Potente).
Happy-puppy Jones follows street-smart Jane to the apartment building they both share. Disaster unfolds. Jane maces Jones as he… Read more