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On the Line (2001)

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A shy advertising employee meets his dream girl on the El train, but doesn't remember to get her phone number, resulting in an all-out search for the mystery girl


Eric Bross


Eric Aronson, Paul B. Stanton (as Paul Stanton)
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Bass ... Kevin Gibbons
Joey Fatone ... Rod
Emmanuelle Chriqui ... Abbey
GQ ... Eric
James Bulliard ... Randy Francis
Al Green ... Al Green
Tamala Jones ... Jackie
Richie Sambora ... Mick Silver
Amanda Foreman ... Julie
Dan Montgomery Jr. Dan Montgomery Jr. ... Brady (as Dan Montgomery)
Dave Foley ... Higgins
Jerry Stiller ... Nathan
David Fraser David Fraser ... Barrett
Jenny Parsons ... Margie the Receptionist
Kristin Booth ... Sam


A young man meets a girl on a train, only to spend the rest of the movie trying to reunite with her (one of the love-at-first-sight things), aided by his best friend in a quest of posters and signs that soon gains public notice. Will he ever find his soul mate? Written by Jim Smith <jimsmith@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's Risking It All... For Love At First Sight! See more »


Comedy | Family | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and some crude humor | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Miramax Films Corp.





Release Date:

26 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the L See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,307,063, 28 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,356,743, 18 November 2001
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Feature film debut of Justin Timberlake. See more »


In the scenes involving softball, a 12 inch ball and mitts are used. Chicagoans play 16 inch softball without mitts. See more »


Kevin Gibbons: Two questions... what is your name, and can I please have your phone number?
Abby: Abby... and I thought you'd never ask.
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Crazy Credits

Just as the credits begin, there is a sound effect for the reels stopping and then titles signifying a "Behind the Scenes" of On the Line appear. We see Lance Bass and Emmanuelle Chriqui in their respective make-up chairs along with a cameo of two make-up artists, played by Justin and Chris from NSync. They exchange "N'Sync is N-Stink" comments with praises for Kevin. See more »


Features Tetris (1984) See more »


On the Line
Written by Steve Diamond, Paul Vann and Mark Hammond
Performed by On the Line All-Stars featuring Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Mandy Moore,
Christian Burns (from BBMak) and True Vibe
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Sure to leave the viewer with a happy feeling
21 October 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Kevin (Lance Bass) is a young advertising executive whose career is on the upswing. However, his personal life is more of a shambles as he is painfully shy around women. One day on a train in Chicago, he meets pretty Abbey (Emmanuelle Chriqui), who strikes his interest immediately. They both love Al Green, the Cubs, and history. However, Kevin clams up at the end of the conversation and fails to acquire her name and telephone number. He regrets his lack of fortitude soon after and decides to put up posters around the city in an effort to find her. The local newspaper, spotting one of the signs, even features an article on Kevin's plight. Yet, Abbey fails to appear. Will Kevin connect again with Abbey, even as he's fighting off the attentions of other women?

With NSync member Bass as the star of the show, one would expect a movie only tweens would appreciate. Not so. Bass and Chriqui are winsome and winning as they seek to find each other again. The scenes in and around Chicago are engaging. The supporting cast is a bit goofy and grating at times (especially Kevin's friends) but, overall, the presentation of the movie is upbeat and humorous. Fans of light-hearted romantic films would be savvy to seek out this little sleeper. A happy feeling will permeate the viewer's heart for a long time.

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