DVD Review
by Kevin Carr

    MOVIE: ** (out of 5 stars)
    DVD EXPERIENCE: ** (out of 5 stars)

    Shiri Appleby as ABBY MORRISON
    Nick Zano as QUINN ANDRES
    Alexandra Holden as JESSICA LINDSTROM
    Orlando Seale as SY
    Will Friedle as CALVIN DILLWALLER

    Rated TV-PG
    Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment

    Directed by: Ryan Little
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Unlike many critics, I enjoy a good romantic comedy from time to time. Unfortunately, “Everything You Want” isn’t one of those.

The film follows Abby Morrison (Shiri Appleby) while she’s in college, avoiding reality. She grew up with wacko parents who never really were there for her. After years of being stuck staying with her stuffy aunt while her parents traveled the world, Abby invented a best friend named Sy (Orlando Seale).

Over the years, Sy became more than a figment of her imagination. To Abby, he’s very real. She has entire conversations with him and considers him to be her perfect boyfriend. However, when she meets Quinn (Nick Zano), Sy feels threatened. Abby has to find a way to balance her imperfect real-life boyfriend with her perfect imaginary one.

I’ve seen this kind of film before. It’s a common theme found in these teen romantic comedies. The girl has trouble finding a guy who fits her perfect image, while she’s an absolute mess herself. In a different world, under different circumstances and with a different group of filmmakers, “Everything You Want” might have been really cute.

However, it has an odd mix of ABC Family TV-movie and angst-ridden independent film. Appleby works well in the starring role, and if she can find other parts in her future, she might be known as more than just “that girl from ‘Roswell.’” Conversely, the other actors – including Nick Zano and Orlando Seale as the two competing boyfriends – are nothing special.

Ultimately, “Everything You Want” is just too nice. It doesn’t get deep enough into the emotions of the characters, and Abby is able to resolve things far too easily to make us feel like there’s any danger in the relationships. Not that the film needs to be offensive or crazy, but it just seems to pull its punches too much even in the bubble-gum emotion parts.

At least there are some special features to add to the DVD experience. We’re treated to a somewhat interesting behind-the-scenes film that details the challenges of this relatively small production. There’s also a whole slate of deleted and alternate scenes.

While the cast tries hard, the film never gets to really stand solidly on its own legs. The only real highlight is Will Friedle (the dim brother from “Boy Meets World”), who plays yet again a doofus. Even though there are some old jokes, his scenes seem to be the only things I was looking forward to while watching “Everything You Want.”

Specifications: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. Fullscreen (1.33:1). French and Spanish subtitles. English subtitles for the hearing impaired.

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