Someone recently loaned me a DVD of All I Wanna Do (also known as The Hairy Bird), a 1998 film about a group of independent minded friends at an all girls boarding school in 1963. Since I fondly recall my own tenure at an all girls high school — all hail to thee St. Mary’s! — watching All I Wanna Do was a little like going home again. The film was written and directed by Sarah Kernochan, a graduate of Rosemary Hall (now Choate Rosemary Hall), and is based on Kernochan’s experiences during the early 1960s. With a cast composed of “it” 90s actresses, it’s a vehicle akin to a girl version of The Outsiders. Speaking of which, I haven’t seen enough of Rachael Leigh Cook lately.
Because a large portion of the plot concerns thwarting a private school’s administration through clever means, it’d make a perfect watch alike for 2009’s Printz Honor The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Even though I suspect Frankie might find the Miss Goddard’s girls a little shallow, I think she’d give them a pass, as her grandmothers in crime.
If you’re in the mood for a fun film about a group of intelligent and spunky young girls, this is a good choice. It’d also pair well with Now & Then (a personal childhood favorite).