Whatever It Takes (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  24 March 2000 (USA)
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A modern-day remake of the Cyrano DeBergerac tale.



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Ryan's dreams for catching the eye of the 'goddess of the high school hallway' has a chance of becoming true when her cousin (Chris) offers to make him a deal. All he has to do is help Chris to win the heart of his best friend, the beautiful enigmatic Maggie. This sparks off a damned cute comedy as 'boy helps boy to get girl' Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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How low will they go to get the girls of their dreams?


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, sexual material and language | See all certifications »

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24 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Got to Be You  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,104,298 (USA) (24 March 2000)


ESP 5,765,201 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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The first leading film role for James Franco. See more »


Maggie Carter: I just have one last question Chris. How does it feel to be played?
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Version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1978) See more »


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Written and Performed by Danny Saber and Bernard Fowler
Courtesy of Strict9 Productions and SOS Management
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If you liked She's All That you'll like this one
1 August 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the lines of She's All That, Columbia Pictures brings Whatever It Takes, a teen comedy with all the cliches. The story is fairly simple, unpopular guy (Shane West) is in love with hottest girl in the school (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). His beautiful yet different female friend (Marla Sokoloff) is being adored by the hottest guy in the school (James Franco). So the unpopular guy and the popular guy team up to get the girls. They both help each other in ways that aren't normal to each other. But when the unpopular guy realizes that what he was looking for was right under his nose everything becomes chaotic. The performances are good. Nobody does a stand out job but they all do the best with what they have. The jokes are at times really funny and at times a complete waist of time. There is a lot of racy material for a PG-13 movie. Many of the sexual jokes can get pretty bad. If your a teenager I think you will enjoy this film. Whatever It Takes is a sometime enjoyable and sometime funny teen comedy with a reused plot and many teen comedy cliches. If your looking for a comedy that breaks new ground this just ain't it. But if your looking to enjoy yourself, you might just get a kick out of it.

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