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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.



3 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Woodman
P.E. Teacher
Kevin Ruf ...
Security Guard
Erin Champaign ...
Shower Girl
Rachel Zerko ...
Shower Girl
Eric Kushnick ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 March 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Got to Be You  »

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$8,735,529 (USA) (2 June 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Aaron Paul. See more »


Ashley Grant: Let mommy rub 'em.
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Version of ABC Afterschool Specials: Cyrano (1974) See more »


Charm Attack
Written by Leona Naess
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Even a computer could do this!
31 March 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Perhaps there's a new software product called InstaScript that's selling big in Hollywood. To make this movie, simply feed in keywords like teenager, high school, prom, and booze. Then ensure character choices include two females: one rich and self-indulgent, one attractive but rejected. And males: Three jocks, three geeks, and a geek-but-jock wannabe. Next, turn the sex setting to extra-super-duper, but make sure the PG-13 button is turned on (or who knows what may happen). InstaScript is conveniently programmed to recognize that audiences love to hate popular people, laugh at geeks watching pornography, and cheer underdogs who get vengeance in the end. So, push print and voila! Out comes a perfectly formatted script that will impress the studio soooo much, they won't notice the missing plot.

Instascript will do 'Whatever It Takes' to get your movie made. Note the wardrobe department will save extra dollars with costumes that use minimal fabric to clothe the star females. Notice also the scene where the girl that is willing to have sex with any man who treats her badly (a great portrayal for young female audiences to follow...) is camped on the front lawn of the guy she wants to take to the prom. The convincing way she flashes her almost naked body at him is bound to be a hit.

Meanwhile, your Miss Unpopular character will blossom into a full woman, especially when she leads her date to think she wants bondage sex on prom night. And how about that twist at the end? How could anyone guess those two would wind up together?

And you'll love the way InstaScript fills in the other 90 minutes of your script by reusing classic movie scenes. Sure, you may know about Cyrano de Bergerac's trick of telling his buddy what to say to the girl. And yes, you've seen the swimming pool idea in It's A Wonderful Life, but don't worry. Nobody coming to see the movies you make with InstaScript is going to be old or wise enough to ever suspect that the following movie has been recycled to fit their screen.

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