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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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Got to Be You  »

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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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Ashley Grant: I love you Brian Ryan!
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Featured in Whatever It Takes: Deleted Scenes (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Revelation Sunshine
Written by Cree Summer (as C.S. Francks), G. Bell
Performed by Cree Summer
Courtesy of Epic Records/The Work Group
by Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Exactly what you expect and want from this type of film.
26 March 2000 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

Whatever it takes is bad, silly, predictable, stupid, and romantic, in exactly the ways it's supposed to be. It follows formula to a tee. Good production quality. The beautiful people are very, and the nerds are unmistakable. Teen gross outs. Hot fashions. Adolescent fantasy at its finest. Both a one and a ten at the same time, I have to give it a five.


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