78 user 45 critic

On the Line (2001)

1:44 | Trailer
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 »

Did You Know?


In "100 Girls"(2000), Emmanuelle Chriqui starred as a girl who was pursued by a boy who did not know her name or how to find her, which is the premise of this movie. See more »


The "Are You Her?" posters don't include a phone number even though on the poster it is written "My phone number is.." and Kevin is contacted through the phone by the "L-train Girl." See more »


Eric: You're like the poster boy for the romantically challenged!
See more »

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 Total Request Live (1998) See more »


Two Princes
Written by Chris Barron (as Christopher Barron Gross), Aaron Comess, Eric Schenkman and Mark White
Performed by Granite
See more »

User Reviews

Not bad at all
30 October 2002 | by EL-TWiNKiE-GRANDESee all my reviews

Let me start off by saying that I didn't even know there were N*Sync boys (Backstreet Boys?) in this movie until I read the posts here. The ending credits make a lot more sense to me now. ;-)

The movie itself was pretty decent, I thought. And that's coming from a heterosexual 25 year-old male. Yeah, it's geared towards women, but it's better than the average "chick flick".

The acting was decent. Nothing spectacular, but nothing that made me wretch in pain. And the story is just a twist on a hundred other movies that have been made, for better or worse. I wouldn't classify it as a vehicle for any of the actors, or their associated band.

I guess my only real complaints are:

1) The product placement was absurd. The TV news had a huge MSN logo, the payphones had massive Verizon logos (even though Verizon isn't the phone company in Chicago...SBC/Ameritech is)

2) The girl had a boyfriend who mysteriously disappeared. Did she break up with him? Did he fall on the L tracks? Is he still in that meeting days after the last mention of him? He seemed to be a pointless character. When she described him to her roommate, it sufficed. There was no need for him to be in the movie.

3) What about the guy who wrote the article in the paper? Wasn't he mad that Kevin got what he wanted? Wasn't he mad that he lost his girlfriend to one of Kevin's friends? And did she break up with him? Again, more characters are introduced, but improperly.

Unlike most people, I didn't pay any money to see this. It happened to be on one of the movie channels. If you see it, and liked movies like Serendipity, Sleepless in Seattle, etc., it's worth checking out.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 78 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.


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


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,307,063, 28 October 2001

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed