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Boys and Girls (2000)

 -  Comedy | Romance | Drama  -  16 June 2000 (USA)
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A friendship is put to the ultimate test when two best friends wind up in bed together.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brendon Ryan Barrett ...
Gay Thomas Wilson ...
N.Y. Flight Attendant (as Gay Thomas-Wilson)
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David Smigelski ...
Homecoming King
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Homecoming Knight
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Betty
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Hunter / Steve
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Amy
Sean Maysonet ...
Michael
John X ...
D.J. at Club
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Girl in Bar
Kristofer Mickelson ...
Big Guy
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Kirt
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Storyline

Jennifer and Ryan are students at UC Berkeley, acquaintances off and on since early adolescence. She's quick, witty, ironic, literary, and independent; he's deliberate, literal, serious, studying structural engineering, always working on a plan. They take walks, they console each other over break-ups, he shares his plans. She's headed for Italy after graduation. Then, to their equal surprise, they spend a night together. Her response is to skitter away from continued intimacy and want to stay friends; he's hurt by her response, so he withdraws. Can it all get sorted out before she leaves town? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Romance | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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16 June 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,008,950 (USA) (16 June 2000)

Gross:

$20,627,372 (USA) (28 July 2000)
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The homecoming scene was shot over Thanksgiving. See more »

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What is suppose to be Telegraph Ave. is not the real Telegraph Ave. at all. See more »

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Hunter: [upon hearing Ryan and Betty broke up] Well, this is great news. Now you and me can hit the circuit.
Ryan: [correcting] You and I.
Hunter: Right.
Ryan: I don't think so.
Hunter: No, believe me, it's way easier with two of us. You see, you pretend to be my idiot cousin, and for the weekend, all of a sudden - I'm sensitive. You get drunk, start coming on too strong and I beat the shit out of you - I'm masculine.
Ryan: I don't think I'm ready for that.
Hunter: Well, we can trade off. You can hit me first.
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One of the best romantic comedies out there
28 April 2001 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, technically, it was kind of predictable in the case that boy meets girl, boy and girl encounter turbulence in relationship, and then boy and girl end up back together at the very end of the movie. However, let me ask you this: How else is a romantic comedy suppose to go? I challenge anyone who isolates this flick's unoriginality as the reason for their dislike to come up with a better overall plot for a romantic comedy. I think that the writers did an excellent job of adding onto the generic template and making this film enjoyable to watch. First of all there's the whole thing with "fated" meetings where the two main characters seem just unable to get away from each other which adds that sweet "soul mates" ideal (even though I personally don't buy into that stuff, there is an undeniable charm to the idea). Then there is the still-unoriginal-but-not-yet-hackneyed idea of attempting a mere friendship between the guy and the girl. Finally, there is the inevitable falling in love, the relationship problems, and then the falling back in love towards the end of the movie. As a matter of fact, the only problem I have with the script is the miniscule hypocrisy found in it: at some point in the movie, Jennifer states that a romance movie never shows the affect of time on long term relationships, and this movie was not an exception as it ends with them making up and going off to live "happily ever after".

Now we can look at the undeniable chemistry and superb acting of the two main characters, Ryan and Jennifer. The interactions of these two characters is the classic example of not getting along as kids but falling in love as adults. Freddie Prinze Jr. and Claire Forlani are two of the up and coming celebrities of teen movies and I personally feel that they did their part in this movie by acting well. Also, the principle humor of this movie did not lie in the common slapstick or sexual humor, although Jason Biggs does add in those factors hilariously. I think the main characters came off as more intellectual (as one majors in engineering and the other in Latin) so the writers aimed more towards clever jokes, anecdotes, and quip remarks which, to me, seemed just as hilarious as Jason Biggs's antics.

All in all, this isn't the BEST movie in the world, but it IS definitely a good movie if you want to watch a movie that will make you feel like Love is something real and not just some random idea that people have in their heads.


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