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Boys on the Side (1995)

 -  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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Massarelli
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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 <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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singer | ups | on the road | aids | lesbian | See more »

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

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Comedy | Drama

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

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3 February 1995 (USA)  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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$23,450,000 (USA)
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Last film directed by Herbert Ross. See more »

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After leaving NY, Jane and Robin appear to drive an entire day & then spend the night in a motel. There, Robin mentions to Jane that in order to get to Pittsburgh by noon the following day, they'll need to leave by 8:00am. Pittsburgh is less than 6 hours from NY which means they would have only driven 2 hours on the 1st day before stopping to stay overnight in a hotel. See more »

Quotes

Jane: You were gonna bring a baby into that house?
Holly: Oh, like, what were my options?
Jane: How about abortion?
Holly: I couldn't do that. I'd feel like a murderer.
Jane: Honey, you ARE a murderer!
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The Way We Were
Written by Alan Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch, Marilyn Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch
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Surprisingly sensitive
25 July 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Absorbing, funny and incredibly aware comedy-drama about three ladies on a road trip: Whoopi Goldberg as a lesbian lounge singer, Drew Barrymore as a pregnant, unmarried waif, and Mary-Louise Parker as an uptight woman trying to loosen up (and suffering from HIV). Plot is contrived, but the interaction between the characters is definitely not. Screenwriter Don Roos writes vivid dialogue and touching scenes, and the cast plays it to the hilt. Barrymore is at her best here, Goldberg is outstanding, and Parker--while not a varied actress--does solid work. Nice direction by Herbert Ross, who hasn't been this focused in years. ***1/2 from ****


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