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Boys on the Side (1995)

Whoopi Goldberg , Mary-Louise Parker , Herbert Ross  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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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: 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 (89 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790741822
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,186 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boys on the Side" on IMDb

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Raucous, heartwarming gals-on-the-road odyssey with lesbian lounge singer Whoopi Goldberg and real estate salesperson Mary-Louise Parker heading on a cross-country car trip. Along the way they're joined by flirtatious Drew Barrymore, and before they reach their Southern California destination, the trio encounters a series of happy and sad surprises. 117 min. Standard and Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French.

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25 of 28 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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9 of 10 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 This movie had me sobbing on my couch July 10, 2005
Put together powerhouse talent like the brilliant Mary-Louise Parker, the hilarious Whoopi Goldberg, and the sweet Drew Barrymore, and you have "Boys On The Side": Cinema Gold. This movie takes you along for an entertaining ride, and pulls at your hearstrings like an 18 wheeler at the end. Two thumbs up.
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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 Touching Movie
This movie is sad and sweet but very real. All the principal actresses give stellar performances as does a young Mathhew McConaughey. This movie never fails to move and inspire me.
Published 15 days ago by Artful Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comedy
1995 saw the release of Boys On The Side, and I wa lucky enough to see it in the theatre. The story of friends making a cross-country trip is fine. Read more
Published 17 days ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars The Women Travel Well
OK, a story of diverse women sticking together that touches on all sorts of issues (domestic abuse, AIDS, love/sex, love/friendship) and features interesting actors. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lydia
5.0 out of 5 stars Supe Movie
This is a movie that can make you laugh and then cry within minutes. Not a new movie but certainly one worth watching over and over.
Published 1 month ago by The Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Patrick movies wouldn't play at all.
Can't rate these movies. they wouldn't play on my dvd player..all it said was "disc error".

Boys on the side was wonderful! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joni Stanfill
4.0 out of 5 stars Not real brain food, but...
A chick flick that is a tear jerker and gives some perspective about how women can stick together. I liked it...
Published 2 months ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars True friendship
I watched that movie many years ago and always wanted to have it. Those three women are wonderful and even so different, you can see them changing and reaching something really... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dominique
5.0 out of 5 stars love them
seen it alot and wanted to own it. you laugh, cry, and root for them. all you want it a womans movie
Published 2 months ago by shari stearns
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie excellent but Amazon Prime awful
Tried watching the movie on 2 different devices and it would not play, Amazon not responding.
I ended up purchasing it through another company and it worked fine. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CANorton
5.0 out of 5 stars lessons Learned
The movie dealt with a lot of social issues. It was funny and yet you felt torn emotionally with the serious side of theses issues. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barb
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