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Whatever It Takes (2000)

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A modern-day remake of the Cyrano DeBergerac tale.

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David Raynr

Writer:

Mark Schwahn
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe ... Ashley
Shane West ... Ryan
Marla Sokoloff ... Maggie
Manu Intiraymi ... Dunleavy
Aaron Paul ... Floyd
Julia Sweeney ... Kate Woodman
James Franco ... Chris
Kip Pardue ... Harris
Scott Vickaryous ... Stu
Colin Hanks ... Cosmo
Richard Schiff ... P.E. Teacher
Kevin Ruf Kevin Ruf ... Security Guard
Erin Champaign Erin Champaign ... Shower Girl
Rachel Zerko Rachel Zerko ... Shower Girl
Eric Kushnick ... Stoner
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Got to Be You See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,104,298, 24 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,735,529, 4 June 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Jodi Lyn o'keefe played a teenager in "she's all that" (1999) the year before . Both roles involved her as the "hot chick" of the school See more »

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Ryan: I like that you look nervous sometimes for no reason. And when you do, you bite your lip. I like that you probably... rifled through your closet tonight... and settled with what you started out with. I like your smile.
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Version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1985) See more »

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A bland and trite "teen flick" that is barely worth seeing.
10 March 2001 | by EverwasSee all my reviews

I am only writing this because I think the other reviews I've seen for this movie are far off base. "Teen flicks" in general have a tendency to play off of the same premise with little variation or creativity, and are--generally speaking--bad as a genre. There are a few exceptions, paramount among them "Clueless." This film isn't as horrible and unbearable as "10 Things I Hate About You," and I actually think it was probably a little better than "American Pie"--although I rather disliked the latter thus is not a very high compliment for this film either.

Quickly, to break it down, I will tell you the main problems with this film. 1) It recycles the horrible "Prom is coming up and I want to take the popular girl" premise, which seems to be the basis of many a horrible teen movie. 2) The primary conflict doesn't evolve until the movie is half over--up to that point, it is just a waste of time waiting for the primary conflict, and the action is pretty boring. 3) The end is predictable from the the first couple scenes of the movie... not a good thing. Save your money (and time), and rent something a little more original.


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