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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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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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$32,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$8,735,529 (USA) (4 June 2000)
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Jodi Lyn o'keefe played a teenager in "she's all that" (1999) the year before . Both roles involved her as the "hot chick" of the school See more »

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Ashley Grant: Let mommy rub 'em.
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Version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1985) See more »

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Holding Back the Years
Written by Mick Hucknall, Neil Moss
Performed by Alechia James
Alechia James appears Courtesy of Black Coffee Entertainment and Sway & Tech.
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Nothing spectacular, but somewhat cute.
18 June 2015 | by (victoria b.c canada) – See all my reviews

Credit to (Filmtwob) 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'

I admittedly don't remember much about this one. I'm not all that familiar with Cyrano de Bergerac. I just know that this was apparently a modern version of it. I do remember that this was pretty cute. The cast had energy to spare and they seemed to have fun doing it. There is good eye candy for the gals and guys. Teens will love it and adults will find it slightly amusing or at least tolerable.

5.6/10


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