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Boys on the Side (1995)

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Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writer:

Don Roos
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Whoopi Goldberg ... Jane
Mary-Louise Parker ... Robin
Drew Barrymore ... Holly
Matthew McConaughey ... Abe
James Remar ... Alex
Billy Wirth ... Nick
Anita Gillette ... Elaine
Dennis Boutsikaris ... Massarelli
Estelle Parsons ... Louise
Amy Aquino ... Anna
Stan Egi ... Henry
Stephen Gevedon ... Johnny Figgis / Jane's Band
Amy Ray ... Indigo Girl
Emily Saliers Emily Saliers ... Indigo Girl
Jude Ciccolella ... Jerry
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Storyline

Jane is a night club singer, out of work. Robin is a quirky real estate agent looking for a ride-share to accompany her to California. Her advertisement is answered by Jane, who at first was uncertain about her. A stop in Pittsburgh picks up a third, Holly, escaping a violent and drug-dealing partner. Girls on the road, reaching understanding, respect, and care for each other. But this trio is different - Jane a lesbian, Robin suffering with AIDS, Holly running from her past, seeking one-night stands and a good man. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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A motion picture that celebrates the art of survival, the gift of laughter and the miracle of friendship.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A proposito di donne See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,450,000
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Dolby SR | SDDS | Dolby | DTS

Color:

Black and White | Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Last film directed by Herbert Ross. See more »

Goofs

When Robin is trying to inform Holly that her boyfriend is dead she writes "MORTE" on the window and tells it is French for dead. In French, "morte" means a woman is dead and "mort" is used when a man has died. See more »

Quotes

Holly: [while Abe munches on his cob of corn] See this is her old problem. She creates a situation where she gets this rejection that everyone else sees coming.
Robin: She just wasn't being honest.
Holly: Well, I think it's a black thing too.
Elaine: [more shocked] Jane is black?
Abe: [mouth full of corn from his cob] Yes, Ma'am. She sure is.
Robin: And you can't live a lie. You just can't.
Holly: [glancing at Abe] Well, there's lying and then there's... just not telling.
[Munching on his cob of corn, Abe glances up at her]
Robin: Big diff.
Elaine: She's a ...
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Barrymore at her best
2 August 2001 | by Fiona-17See all my reviews

Drew Barrymore really makes this movie what it is as the dizzy (blonde of course) Holly, with her fresh and upbeat view on life. The faces which Barrymore pulls to dramatize her part will keep you laughing (e.g whilst on the Greyhound bus, whilst in labor). Moreover, this film shows that Barrymore can not only play the slutty, seductive parts (e.g The Amy Fisher Story, Poison Ivy) but a role which mixes both.

What will surprise you about this comedy (and tear jerker) is that it's not as predictable as you may except. Although the story line is simple, there are always the odd parts which you don't expect. The fight at the beginning with Nick will keep you shocked and probably laughing.

It's definitely a chick flick (although the guys may drool over a blonde Barrymore.) However the actor who plays Abe Lincoln is an eye catcher.

This is not one of Whoopi Goldberg's best roles and I didn't think her part as the lesbian was believeable, yet she did display both strength and humor to keep you interested. Mary Louise Parker was excellent and her performance was on line with her part.

Definitely a movie for a Barrymore fan and if you need a heart warming movie to keep you interested at night. You go get it!


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