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All I Wanna Do
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When Odette (Gaby Hoffman) gets kicked out of her coed school for plotting to lose her virginity (All I Wanna Do is set in 1963), her parents send her to Miss Godard's Preparatory School, an all-girls school that tries to instill independence in its students. Her roommates turn out to be the school's troublemakers--Verena (Kirsten Dunst), Tinka (Monica Keena), and their friends Tweety (Heather Matarazzo) and Momo (Merritt Weaver). Though Odette initially resists (not because she wants to stick to the rules, but because she hates the whole school so much she won't even join the rebels), she gradually becomes part of the rambunctious circle. Due to financial trouble, the school's trustees decide to merge with a nearby boys' academy, despite the furious protests of Miss Godard's headmistress (Lynn Redgrave). Verena echoes the headmistress's sentiments and launches an offensive of pranks to discredit the visiting boys, even though the struggle splits apart her own social group. Though All I Wanna Do is being marketed as a goofy romp, it walks a line between a coming-of-age comedy and a young feminist manifesto (as one might imagine from the movie's previous title, Strike!). It's a tricky combination, but writer-director Sarah Kernochan succeeds--she also wrote Impromptu, which similarly mixed tart yet sympathetic humor with subtle political commentary. The direction is tight and the script allows its heroines a surprising complexity. The cast of rising young stars, also featuring Rachael Leigh Cook, is superb throughout. Strongly recommended. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The story follows students combating a threatened merger with a boy's school. What makes it worthwhile is the principal cast (Lyn Redgrave, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel Leigh Cook, Gaby Hoffman), some of the dialogue, and the point of view. Sarah Kernochan received full support from her team of actresses for a warm heartfelt comedy about smart independent women keeping control over their own lives. Insofar as she kept to the conversations between the girls and the headmistress, it all rang true. The portrayal of teenage male townies in the film, however, is excruciatingly bad, and Kernochan made Redgrave's headmistress too ineffectual for my taste. Excepting these two elements, it all worked well. "All I wanna do" offers a unique comic take on women who make their own way in the world and don't take compromise for granted.
I love this movie I rented it and it is a great film. I just recently brought it, it's a steal for under ten bucks. But it's worth it . The movie is about a new student who is sent to a all girls boarding school. she then makes buds with the outsiders of the school. There lives are wonderful till they overhear that the neighboring boys school might merge with there school. against it they fight for there school to stay the same. This movie has an array of now popular or aclaimed actresses and actors. Krsiten Dunst(bring it on, spider man) Monica Keena(crime+punishment in suburia, ripe)Heather Matarazzo (the princess diaries,the women)rachael leigh cook(she's all that) Vincent Kartheiser( another day in paradise,crime+punishment in suburia),lynn redgrave.
this is a superb movie. I advise anyone who just love a good movie to get this one i give it *****5 stars and two thumbs up!
Odette (Gaby Hoffmann) has just been shipped to Conneticut and Miss Godard's School for Girls. Run by the kindly Miss McVane (Lynn Redgrave - GODS AND MONSTERS) the school is a sanctuary for the girls who will have to take a second place to men when they eventually have to leave and go into the real world.
Odette falls into the outsiders group known as the Daughters of the American Ravioli - trouble-making Verena (Kirsten Dunst), brainy Momo (Merritt Wever), sex-hungry Tinka (Monica Keena) and the almost-pathelogical Tweety (Heather Matarazzo).
When Tweety accidentally discovers the plan to merge Miss Godard's with a neighboring boy's college, they put a huge and potentially dangerous plan into action to get rid of the "hairy bird"...
A clever and canny comedy filled with superb performances. Standouts in the cast include the wonderful Heather Matarazzo and the fantastic Monica Keena. The film also features Rachael Leigh Cook and Rosemary Dunsmore (ANNE OF AVONLEA).
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Basically the greatest film about prep school shenanigans ever. Let your daughters watch this film and show them that women ar powerful.
or not. I'm not your boss.
This is an old movie that is fun to watch. It's all about a girls school with lots of things going on. This movie is not great just OK.Published 10 months ago by John
I hate that it's not called Strike! on here, but what can you do? I just love this movie! Back when Gaby and Monica were still cute!Published on April 23 2014 by Steacy Curry
Soo happy to have this movie. It was one of my teenage favorites. Everything in one for a young teenage girl. Great!Published on March 18 2013 by Amy Nickerson
This is one of the best "chick flicks" of all time! It's about woman power and a great flick for any teen 16+. "Up your ziggy with a wawa brush!"Published on Jan. 10 2012 by Sherri K
As already noted, I was shocked by how quickly the DVD arrived in the mail (2-3 days), especially considering that the post office was on strike at the time. Read morePublished on July 25 2011 by Cheryl A. Burgess
i first saw this movie when i was in grade seven, i'm now 22 and still LOVE this movie. it is witty and shows that girls can be cute and have brains too! Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2008 by L. Marshall
This film is excellent. From the first time i saw this film i was hooked. You not only have girls power but you also have some really hot guys in it aswell. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2005