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Whatever It Takes (2000)

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

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Ryan (Shane West) is a bit of a geek with eyes for the school sex bomb, Ashley (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), which induces cringing in his neighbor and best friend, Maggie (Marla Sokoloff), a cute intellectual girl. But popular jock Chris (James Franco) has his eye on Maggie, and he offers to help Ryan win Ashley if Ryan will help Chris with Maggie. So begins a two-headed variation on Cyrano de Bergerac; Ryan composes soulful e-mails for Chris, and Chris advises Ryan to treat Ashley like dirt, which seems to be the only way to get her attention. At first, neither finds it easy to change their ways; Chris comes on too strong, and Ryan is too nervous to be a jerk. But as they start to succeed, Ryan begins to see Maggie in a new light and wonders if he's pursuing the right girl. He realizes Ashley is not meant for him, and tries to convince Maggie about Chris's affection for her. Maggie is reluctant to take him "back" at first, but then realizes Ryan has a change of heart. Written by Anonymous

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$8,735,529 (USA) (2 June 2000)
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Film debut of Aaron Paul. See more »

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Floyd: It's supposed to be Ryan gets pickle in Ashley. Not Ashley gets Ryan into a pickle!
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Version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1978) See more »

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Charm Attack
Written by Leona Naess
Performed by Leona Naess
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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What's the point?
14 October 2000 | by See all my reviews

The only part of WIT it takes I liked was the set, Maggie and Ryan's balconies. That was cool, plus it had the opportunity to say the one funny part of the film was when Ryan jumps onto her porch and Maggie says the line [not gonna say it if people are reading this who haven't seen the movie]. Much better versions of this storyline were "Never Been Kissed", "She's All That" and the aforementioned "10 Things". I must admit, I was a little confused why they put great actors like Kip Pardue and Christine Lakin in bit parts while Jodi Lyn O'keefe and James Franco were starring.


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