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Boys on the Side (1995)

Whoopi Goldberg , Mary-Louise Parker , Herbert Ross  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, James Remar
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Don Roos
  • Producers: Herbert Ross, Arnon Milchan, Don Roos, Patricia Karlan, Patrick McCormick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790741822
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boys on the Side" on IMDb

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, moving, funny and very real August 5, 2002
Mary-Louise Parker is phenomenal as the pill-popping neurotic realtor that puts in a classified ad for a traveling comanion on her trek to the west coast. The one who answers her ad is a dred-lock-wearing black lesbian (played masterfully by Whoopi Goldberg)... and both are a little startled by each other and how contrasting their lives are. Parker is slightly horrified that her traveling companion is gay and Goldberg is very horrified that she's going to be trapped in a car for over a week with this psycho, anal woman.
Goldberg's character makes a quick diversion to visit a friend (Drew Barrymore) and a crazy turn of events puts Barrymore in the van with Goldberg and Parker.
The three of them all have skeletons in their closets and all sorts of emotional baggage that they have not dealt with, much less shared with anyone else. This dynamic mix of diverse personalities is first a cauldron of irritation, frustration and prejudices, but together the women face some crazy circumstances that bring them together.
It turns out they all have much more in common than they realized. There are very touching scenes where only the most stone-hearted individual will not feel a crack in their throat... and there are scenes that will make you laugh so hard, you might just lose bladder control.
Themes include family, loyalty, race, bigotry, domestic violence, unrequited love, romance, loss, terminal illness and death. This may seem like a lot of themes for just one movie, but the film is so real, you feel like you're one of the girls in the van, hanging out with them. They become your friends and you quickly bond with them. The film was directed by Herbert Ross who is known for directing "Steel Magnolias." This film is just as powerful, if not more so.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE !!! March 31, 1999
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LADIES..This is definetly one of those you should add to your collection. All 3 of the characters portray a wonderful story of love and friendship and the bounds of both. I saw this movie a year ago..LOVED IT..and have loaned it out to friends..who end up buying a copy for themselves...( great present for your lady!!!)
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure for me, always end up watching this January 10, 2008
I think this film qualifies primarily as a "chick flick", at least according to every man who has ever watched this with me. Maybe there are some of you guys out there reading this who'll disagree. Feel free to chime in, preferably in the comments section.

This is one of my favorite films but it is the kind of film that is a guilty pleasure. I can't seem to avoid watching it when I catch it on television but I am always left wondering WHY I find it so addictive.

Is it because of Mary Louise Parker, an actress some can't stand but who I find to be both quirky and charming, with her performances in Fried Green Tomatoes, Angels in America and this film (Boys on the Side)? Looking as frail as she often does, with a face that isn't classically beautiful, she is a walking poster for someone needing help although she is spunky and stubborn enough to not seem totally pathetic?

But I don't think that is the whole reason I'm drawn to this film. Perhaps it is it the wild series of events, however improbable, that get me to both laugh, mostly at Drew Barrymore who can wring the comedy out of every moment, however sad.

There are moments in this film that also make me teary (won't say why, no spoilers here). Drew Barrymore is just so irreverent when it comes to her very disorganized, chaotic life and her romantic issues. Not surprisingly, she doesn't just skirt the law, she practically raises her shirt (as she did on David Letterman) and displays her assets to the world.

Whoopie Goldberg is in fine form, too, generally unflappable and adding some great heart to this film, the main nurturer and caretaker of the group. Anyway, this movie always hooks me, like some fish destined for dinner.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great Drew movie January 13, 2007
Another great Drew Barrymore movie. Another great cross-country road trip movie. Whoppi Goldberg stars as a lesbian lounge singer in search of a new life; Drew Barrymore stars as a pregnant girl who accidentally killed her abusive boyfriend; and Mary Louise Parker stars as an uptight real estate agent who is infected with HIV. The three women hide out in a small town in Arizona, hoping to start a new life. The relationship between Goldberg's character and Parker's character is very touching. A great chick flick.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites... March 18, 2002
By Pauline
It is a "chick flick" but a wonderful put together chick flick!!! Three women travel out from the East Coast area to the West Coast. As other reviewers have pointed out, one happens to be a straight woman with HIV, another one is a black lesbian and the third one is a white young woman who is pregnant by who? we don't know.
They bond and connect because in the process of going to the West coast, they have a confrontation with one of the woman's boyfriends.
The movie is very moving and very touching. And it will surely make you cry. It's about friendships...women friendships!! Through thick and thin they can really depend on each other. If you like movies that make you laugh, smile and cry than I recommend the movie. If you like a movie like Beaches (with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey)-than you'll enjoy this one!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
This movie is full of action, comedy and friendship. I love Whoopi.
Published 5 days ago by D. Gaymon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 7 days ago by Curlene Wise
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite movies. To tell you the story plot would...
This is one of my favorite movies. To tell you the story plot would just ruin the joy of watching it! Shame on those that tell the story.
Published 11 days ago by LYNETTE PARIS MALONE
5.0 out of 5 stars Three unlikely women from diverse lives become close and loving...
This is a poignant movie about a dying woman who feels she is totally alone. Sad and feeling at a loss, she attempts to trace steps back to her past to resolve things with her... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Oldie But Goodie
5.0 out of 5 stars That's What I Call A Road Trip
Read someone else's review if you need to know every word spoken in "Boys On The Side". Too long - too much of a spoiler. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kandy Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super movie for my collection. Arrived quickly.
Published 2 months ago by holly
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Thelma & Louise-isk!
Saw bits and pieces of this movie years ago in my early twenties and I didn't get it, but I decided to watch it again now that I'm alot older. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monique Y. Martin
1.0 out of 5 stars This item could not be heard very well. I ...
This item could not be heard very well. I had to raise the volume on my TV all the way just to hear it. I find out that it was duplicated in Mexio. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mary valenzuela
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a good one!!
Great movie about friendship & all of its ups and downs, but most importantly about the love involved with true friendship!! "Anything you want, you got it!"
Published 3 months ago by Elyse McKnight
5.0 out of 5 stars Boys On The Side
This is a awesome soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this soundtrack are all of them if you have not listened to this soundtrack then I recommend... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David
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