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All I Wanna Do
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted June 17, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Also known at one point as "Strike!", "All I Wanna Do" has definitely been one of the most talked about films in recent times that never managed to go anywhere, instead ending up "on the shelf" at Miramax for 2 years until the popularity of its teen stars warranted a video release this year. Starring Kirsten Dunst("Interview With A Vampire"), Rachel Leigh Cook("She's All That"), Gaby Hoffman and others, the film revolves around a girl's prep school in 1963 that takes matters into their own hands to stop a boy's prep school from merging with their own.

Hoffman's performance is the lead as Odie, a girl who would rather be anywhere else but her new prep school. It's an appealing performance before the actress dissapeared under an annoying character in "200 Cigarettes". Of course, once she meets her fellow schoolmates, played by a young looking Kirsten Dunst and Monica Keena. Also along for the trip is Leigh Cook's hall monitor and Heather Matarazzo("Welcome To The Dollhouse") as a student with an eating disorder.

The film offers fun, energetic performances from the leads, especially Dunst; the problem is that not much really happens during the first half of the film. We just spend time with the characters as they fool around and play pranks. Once the film gets going, the movie becomes more enjoyable, but first-time director Sarah Kernochan doesn't do much to spark the film, with the direction being slightly flat.

Still, "All I Wanna Do" is a film that should have been given a stronger release; it's definitely better than most of the teen films that have come out of Hollywood in recent years and even this year, it still could have found some success in a limited release. Miramax has decided to drop the film onto video, and hopefully, it will find a new audience there.


The DVD

VIDEO: No complaints on this anamorphic transfer from Miramax. Although a few sequences look slightly on the soft side, the image quality looks quite good for the majority. The film's period look and warm cinematography looks particularly pleasing on this DVD. Again, although there are a few sequences that look a tiny bit soft, most of the film is very sharp and offers good detail.

SOUND: "All I Wanna Do" only contains Dolby 2.0 sound, but the film is still mainly only a dialogue-driven movie. The period music has a nice, solid presence, but there really isn't much else to the audio for the film. Dialogue is clear and easily understood. Not much to it, but it gets the job done. The weirdest thing is that the French language track is Dolby Digital 5.1. Why the English is only 2.0 and the French is 5.1, I have no idea.

MENUS:: Some basic, film-themed main menus that are non-animated.

EXTRAS: Unfortunately, not a thing.

Final Thoughts: "All I Wanna Do" is a fun little movie, and although Miramax's DVD really doesn't include anything remarkable, the audio/video quality is more than passable. If you're a fan of one of the actresses or just teen flicks in general, "All I Wanna Do" is a good rental.

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