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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?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Gross USA:

$8,735,529
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Floyd: It's supposed to be Ryan gets pickle in Ashley. Not Ashley gets Ryan into a pickle!
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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 »

Connections

Version of BBC Play of the Month: Cyrano de Bergerac (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Go!
Written by Melanie C, William Orbit
Performed by Melanie C (as Melanie C)
Produced by William Orbit
Courtesy of Virgin Records Limited
by Arrangement with Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Freak and geek
9 April 2000 | by MuteMaeSee all my reviews

Like those fashion ads that feature eerie celebrity doppelgangers this teen comedy is populated by ersatz versions of stars who, in this case are fairly vanilla to begin with. James Franco could be a milder Tom Everett Scott; Jodi Lyn O'Keefe resembles a less edgy Neve Campbell (a frightening thought indeed.) Two squares get hooked up with members of the cool crowd, only to discover looks aren't everything. The sweet, bland romantics are supposed to be made for each other, but it's more likely they deserve each other.


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