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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
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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

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,735,529, 4 June 2000
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of James Franco. See more »

Quotes

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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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

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Charm Attack
Written by Leona Naess
Performed by Leona Naess
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under License from Universal Music Special Markets
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Shane West too good looking for loser role
23 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ryan Woodman (Shane West) and Maggie Carter (Marla Sokoloff) are best friends and neighbors. Floyd (Aaron Paul) is their slacker friend. Ryan is obsessed with high school goddess Ashley Grant (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). Big man on campus Chris Campbell (James Franco) wants to get the one he can't get, the virginal enigmatic Maggie. So he needs Ryan to Cyrano DeBergerac for him. In return he proposes to do the same for Ryan with his cousin Ashley.

The biggest problem is that Shane West is way too good looking for the loser role. They need somebody much more geeky, and a bad haircut really doesn't make it. It's nothing offensive, but it just can't rise above the clichés. It's obvious where this is going, and it has an uncomfortable time getting there.


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