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Whatever It Takes (2000)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 24 March 2000 (USA)
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A modern-day remake of the Cyrano DeBergerac tale.

Director:

David Raynr

Writer:

Mark Schwahn
3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Taglines:

How low will they go to get the girls of their dreams?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

This movie was filmed at Torrance High School in Torrance, California. She's All That (1999) was also filmed at this school. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe co-starred in both movies. See more »

Quotes

Old Man: Hey, that's my jello!
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Alternate Versions

A scene, which can be seen in the previews, was cut from the film: At the carnival, after Ryan is forced to wear a small children's shirt, he and Ashley decide to take pictures in a photo-booth where she asks, "Do you want to kiss me?". When he leans over to kiss her she turns around and he gets a mouth full of her hair. See more »

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Version of Cyrano de Bergerac (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Pull Up to the Bumper
Written by Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar (as Sly Dunbar), Robbie Shakespeare, Dana Manno
Performed by Grace Jones
Courtesy of Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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If you liked She's All That you'll like this one
1 August 2000 | by JohnnyPHreakSee all my reviews

In the lines of She's All That, Columbia Pictures brings Whatever It Takes, a teen comedy with all the cliches. The story is fairly simple, unpopular guy (Shane West) is in love with hottest girl in the school (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). His beautiful yet different female friend (Marla Sokoloff) is being adored by the hottest guy in the school (James Franco). So the unpopular guy and the popular guy team up to get the girls. They both help each other in ways that aren't normal to each other. But when the unpopular guy realizes that what he was looking for was right under his nose everything becomes chaotic. The performances are good. Nobody does a stand out job but they all do the best with what they have. The jokes are at times really funny and at times a complete waist of time. There is a lot of racy material for a PG-13 movie. Many of the sexual jokes can get pretty bad. If your a teenager I think you will enjoy this film. Whatever It Takes is a sometime enjoyable and sometime funny teen comedy with a reused plot and many teen comedy cliches. If your looking for a comedy that breaks new ground this just ain't it. But if your looking to enjoy yourself, you might just get a kick out of it.


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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, 26 March 2000

Gross USA:

$8,745,680

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,902,115
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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