On the Line (2001)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Family, Romance  |  26 October 2001 (USA)
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A shy advertising employee meets his dream girl on the El train, but doesn't remember to get her phone number, resulting in an all-out search for the mystery girl



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bulliard ...
Randy Francis
Al Green
Mick Silver
Dan Montgomery Jr. ...
Brady (as Dan Montgomery)
Jenny Parsons ...
Margie the Receptionist


A young man meets a girl on a train, only to spend the rest of the movie trying to reunite with her (one of the love-at-first-sight things), aided by his best friend in a quest of posters and signs that soon gains public notice. Will he ever find his soul mate? Written by Jim Smith <jimsmith@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's Risking It All... For Love At First Sight! See more »


Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some crude humor | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

26 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

On the L  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,307,063 (USA) (26 October 2001)


$4,356,743 (USA) (16 November 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cast-members Joey Fatone and Lance Bass were band mates in the boy band "N'Sync" at the time of the movie's release. See more »


When Abbey and Kevin kiss at the end of the movie, Abbey is wearing a blue-jean jacket. When the picture of this scene appears in the newspaper, she's wearing a black leather jacket. See more »


[Brady tries to explain to his boss why he can't write a story about Kevin]
Barrett: So... you harbor resentment toward this Kevin because some girl wanted to go to the prom with him instead of you?
Brady: Well...
Barrett: Spellbinding pity, but the story's still yours.
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Crazy Credits

Just as the credits begin, there is a sound effect for the reels stopping and then titles signifying a "Behind the Scenes" of On the Line appear. We see Lance Bass and Emmanuelle Chriqui in their respective make-up chairs along with a cameo of two make-up artists, played by Justin and Chris from NSync. They exchange "N'Sync is N-Stink" comments with praises for Kevin. See more »


References Lady and the Tramp (1955) See more »


Walk the Distance
Written by Jörgen Elofsson, Terry Cox and Tommy Ekman
Performed by Robyn Carlsson (as Robyn)
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Appeals to a very select audience
9 April 2006 | by (the Local Fluff) – See all my reviews

I am not an NSync (spelling?) fan, but this is one of my favorite movies for multiple reasons:

1. It is surprisingly clean. No foul language whatsoever and it is soooo rare to find a PG movie that isn't targeting young kids/families (for those sensitive to this or can appreciate this element).

2. There is a very significant secondary plot about music. In fact, I have this movie to thank for introducing me to the music of Al Green (I also own the soundtrack). The end's a little cheesy, but for someone who also played open mic's at one point, it's nice to indulge a fantasy now and then.

3. Dave Foley's character has some truly funny moments. His stand up roots really shine through.

4. It's not a teeny bopper. Lance Bass and his friends are past their college years, and Lance's love interest just finished grad school.

So with that, it is difficult to predict who the movie was targeting, but it certainly got my attention.

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