Boys on the Side (1995)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  3 February 1995 (USA)
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Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first ... See full summary »



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Johnny Figgis / Jane's Band
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Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first was uncertain about her. A stop in Pittsburgh picks up a third, Holly, escaping a violent and drug-dealing partner. Girls on the road, reaching understanding, respect, and care for each other. But this trio is different - Jane a lesbian, Robin suffering with AIDS, Holly running from her past, seeking one-night stands and a good man. Written by Bruce Cameron <>

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A motion picture that celebrates the art of survival, the gift of laughter and the miracle of friendship.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A proposito di donne  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)


$23,450,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


As the part of Holly hadn't been cast, Whoopi Goldberg suggested her close personal friend, Drew Barrymore. The two have been friends since Barrymore visited the set of The Color Purple (1985) in 1985. See more »


Just before the diner scene with Holly and Robin, there is an outside shot of the van driving and Holly is clearly seen in the back seat. In the very next shot, from inside the van, Holly is driving. See more »


Jane: She's holding you back, man. Everyone says so. She's like Yoko with bangs.
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »


Written by Leon Russell and Bonnie Bramlett
Performed by Whoopi Goldberg
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Barrymore at her best
2 August 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Drew Barrymore really makes this movie what it is as the dizzy (blonde of course) Holly, with her fresh and upbeat view on life. The faces which Barrymore pulls to dramatize her part will keep you laughing (e.g whilst on the Greyhound bus, whilst in labor). Moreover, this film shows that Barrymore can not only play the slutty, seductive parts (e.g The Amy Fisher Story, Poison Ivy) but a role which mixes both.

What will surprise you about this comedy (and tear jerker) is that it's not as predictable as you may except. Although the story line is simple, there are always the odd parts which you don't expect. The fight at the beginning with Nick will keep you shocked and probably laughing.

It's definitely a chick flick (although the guys may drool over a blonde Barrymore.) However the actor who plays Abe Lincoln is an eye catcher.

This is not one of Whoopi Goldberg's best roles and I didn't think her part as the lesbian was believeable, yet she did display both strength and humor to keep you interested. Mary Louise Parker was excellent and her performance was on line with her part.

Definitely a movie for a Barrymore fan and if you need a heart warming movie to keep you interested at night. You go get it!

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