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Whatever It Takes PG-13

How low will they go to get the girls of their dreams?
Whatever It Takes
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 34 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 1, 2000
  • Originally Released: 2000
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Trailers
    • Isolated Music Score
    • Featurette: Making-of
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. David Raynr - Director
      2. Shane West - Star
      3. Marla Sokoloff - Star
  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Talent Files:
      1. David Raynr - Director
      2. Shane West - Star
      3. Marla Sokoloff - Star
      4. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe - Star
      5. James Edward Franco - Star
      6. Julia Sweeney - Star
  • DVD-ROM Features:
    • Weblinks

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 67


User Ratings: 45,344
Rating: 2/4 -- What you're actually hearing is the sound of a really old coot preaching a very practised sermon. Full Review
Globe and Mail
Apr 25, 2003
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Whatever It Takes is certainly nothing new or ground-breaking, but for what it is, it's entertaining and slightly above-average.
Reel Film Reviews
Feb 24, 2003
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Like some kind of perverse cinematic plague, the teen comedies keep coming, each looking like a more washed-out xerox of the last one. Full Review
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 2/5 -- It never has enough confidence to let itself go and shock or surprise the audience. Full Review
Boxoffice Magazine
Jun 5, 2002
The geeky sidekicks in Whatever It Takes are no better or worse than those in a dozen other teen movies of recent vintage, but they get the job done.
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Still another movie arguing that the American teenager's IQ level hovers in the low 90s. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 0.5/5 -- The script's way of handling its romantic complications is unusually obtuse and insensitive.
New York Times
Jan 1, 2000

Product Description:

Loosely based on CYRANO DE BERGERAC, WHATEVER IT TAKES is a charming romantic comedy set in modern day high school. The film tells the tale of an uncool teenager, Ryan (Shane West), and a popular jock, Chris (James Franco), who team up to win the hearts of their dream girls (Marla Sokoloff and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). Along the way, an endless barrage of comic situations adds flavor to the proceedings.

Plot Synopsis:

Ryan Woodman (West) is an accordion-playing high school senior with a longstanding crush on Ashley Grant (O'Keefe), the most popular girl in school, and a platonic friendship with Maggie (Sokoloff), his next-door neighbor. Maggie is one of the only girls in school that class stud Chris (Franco) hasn't won over, and he hopes to remedy that situation before graduation. Chris and Ryan agree to swap dating tips; Ryan will show Chris how to be the kind of sensitive, caring guy that will attract Maggie by volunteering at a retirement home and saying sensitive and poetic things. Meanwhile the seasoned Chris shows Ryan how to successfully hit on the beautiful but shallow and insecure Ashley. The two boys get closer to their goals, but by the time of the senior prom Ryan has realized that his true love was right next to him the whole time. But will his realization come too late to save Maggie from Chris's devious charms' A breezy teen comedy based loosely on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, with the message that you should always be yourself.


Production Notes:

  • Originally released theatrically on March 31, 2000.
  • Filmed in Los Angeles, California.
  • Shane West (Ryan) and Aaron Paul (Floyd) were roommates when they were both cast in this movie.
  • The climactic scene in which the entire Senior Prom ends up in a swimming pool is a direct homage to a scene in the classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE.

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  • UPC: 043396052857
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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