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Whatever It Takes [VHS] (2000)

Shane West , Marla Sokoloff , David Raynr  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shane West, Marla Sokoloff, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Manu Intiraymi, Aaron Paul
  • Directors: David Raynr
  • Writers: Mark Schwahn
  • Producers: Mark Schwahn, Matt Berenson, Paul Schiff, Vicki Dee Rock, William H. Brown
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • VHS Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767850149
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,948 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A modern-day remake of the Cyrano DeBergerac tale.

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute film April 12, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Whatever It Takes is an adorable teen movie. It tells the story of Ryan (Shane), an unpopular kid in high school, who falls in love with Ashley (Jodi Lyn), Miss Popularity. He needs help getting Ashley to notice him, so in comes Chris (James), Ashley's cousin who is also very popular. Chris wants to date Ryan's best friend Maggie (Marla). He convinces Ryan that he has good intentions for wanting Maggie and that in the end, they will both have their dream girls, so Ryan agrees to the plan.
Unfortunately, Ryan doesn't realize until it is too late that he's totally mismatched with his dream girl and that Chris is a total jerk.
The cast is absolutely amazing, and they do a wonderful job. This is one of the best teen movies I've seen in a while.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to see a good romantic comedy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff! January 16, 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
If you're a fan of bad movies as a genre, this can be a lot of fun. It's a "must see" for James Franco fans. Franco does his method- acting- Marlon- Brando- James- Dean schtick surrounded by Baywatch rejects and Tiger Beat boybabes. The director never misses a chance to sexually exploit Franco's body, which makes for an especially hilarious director and cast commentary. The director actually says things like "and in this scene, I wanted more full body shots of Franco wearing only a thong and tied to the bed, but the ratings board only allowed one;" and "here, I wanted a big close up of Franco's naked butt, but the ratings board made me take it out." The female lead then replies "Oh yes, I remember working all day with Franco's naked butt right in front of my face..." Or something similar. It's a hoot.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It's a teen exploitation movie. That means you already know the plot. Gut has hots for girl and is willing to do "whatever it takes" to get her, even be incredibly stupid. That's what the genre is all about so people should not be surprised when that happens. In essence, guys, especially young ones, tend to do hilarious things to satisfy their...desires. This movie goes a step better.

Synopsis: one of the school geeks is infatuated by the head cheerleader but lives next door to the proverbial "beautiful girl next door". A cousin of the head cheerleader, a jock, wants to add the "girl next door" to his scorecard. The two guys get togther to make each other's fantasies come true. Along the way, the "nice ones" learn important lessons and the "not so nice" ones get their comeuppance. Its as predictable as the sunset. It's still funny.

Where this movie does its best is in the way it charactures the popular people. They are usually depicted as shallow and vapid. They still are but are taken to new heights of idiocy. It's fun to see them get taken down a peg by some nice kids who find each other.

Don't expect any education from this film. Its strictly for laughs. Its not the best but it is certainly entertaining.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing reedit of the original March 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This tape is a disappointing reedit of the original "She Said Yes" video tribute (which I also reviewed). The promotional information leads you to believe that there is substantial new informaton and vidoes. WRONG! Here's what you really get: The beginning of the tape has the instrimental "prelude" from the "She Said Yes Music Project" CD. After that is a slightly re-edited version of the 25 minute tribute. Somebody read my other review and added subtitles identifying some of the people in the video, though Misty, Brad, and Chris Bernall still go unidentified (you can still tell who they are from the context, however). The trubute is still backed by songs from The Kry ("You're all I need" and a couple others) and According To John's "Nothing Back." Also included are something from Steven Curtis Chapman and "Friend of Mine" by the Cohen Brothers (both of these are added). After that is a music video for Michael W Smith's "This Is Your Time" and LaRue's "Reason." Finally we have the end credits rolling under an instrumental version of the Kry's Whatever it takes. DC Talk does not appear on the video at all, nor does a vocal version of "Whatever it takes" (neither album version or the one that they recorded with Columbine Blue and the WBCC Choir). In total there is about 10 minures added to the total lenght. All in all it's a disapointment. If you haven't got the origianl "She Said Yes" video this may be worth your money, but otherwise don't waste your money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The more I watch it the more I love it! October 28, 2001
Format:DVD
This movie is the most predictible film I have ever seen, In the first 30 seconds you can guess how it will end... But does it matter! it's a light hearted teen flick that will guarentee to leave you with a laugh and a bit of a warm tingly feeling too! Shane West (Get over it) and Marla sokoloff (Dude where's my car) give great performances and are joined by formed SNL cast members Julia Sweeney (Pat) and David Koechner. The best part is this special collectors edition DVD features deleted scenes a behind the scenes featurette and commentary by cast members and directors... what are you waiting for check it out and spread the word of Virgil doolittle!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
It has taken me a while to get around to checking out this 2000 teen romantic comedy for the simply reason that when it came out I had actually finished writing a movie script for the first time and it was a teen romantic comedy entitled "Whatever It Takes" (using the song from Jane Wiedlin of the Go-Go's first solo album as inspiration) and I was crushed by cruel fate once again taunting me. But I was having a good week so I thought I could stand to watch this and not curse the heavens. Of course I somehow missed out on the 1999 "Whatever It Takes" which had Andrew Dice Clay and Fred Williamson in a film about undercover cops checking out steroid use by body builders, the 1998 animated short by director Joanna Quinn, the 1993 sexploitation comedy by director Michael Quarles, and the 1986 drama starring Martin Balsam. Gee, if only I had stopped crying long enough to find out that films were coming out with this title every year I could still done nothing but felt better about it.
This particular version of "Whatever It Takes" was hurt by the idea that it was a modern version of "Cyrano de Bergerac," the way "Ten Things I Hate About You" is an updated "Taming of the Shrew" and "Cruel Intentions" is a teenage version of "Dangerous Liaisons." However, while we do have a version of the famous balcony scene, there is a big difference in that this time around the scene is missing the pivotal irony that a man who is in love with a woman gives another man the words to woe her (although the scene is a pivotal moment in the film). So the "Cyrano" connection is a minor one, especially compared to Steve Martin's "Roxanne.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I've been watching this since it came out. I had it on VHS and now on DVD. If you like Bring It On, A Walk To Remember, or She's All That you'll like this.
Published 3 months ago by Kristin
4.0 out of 5 stars What ever it takes
OK Movie not as good as i thought it would be. But what can you expect from a movie made years ago. Things are improving as the years go on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Daly
3.0 out of 5 stars formulaic
same old, same old. Boy wants eye candy girl, can't see the one right in front of him until it's too late. Some good moments, but lots of gratuitous idiocy.
Published 6 months ago by R. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars SON LOVES IT!
I BOUGHT THIS VIDEO FOR MY SON. HE HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR IT FOR SOME TIME, BUT AS UNUSUAL AS IT MAY SEEM, HE DOES NOT OWN A COMPUTER AND THEREFORE NOT COMPUTER SAVY EITHER. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cynthia Andrade
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute Film
Whatever It Takes is an adorable teen movie. It tells the story of Ryan (Shane), an unpopular kid in high school, who falls in love with Ashley (Jodi Lyn), Miss Popularity. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janet Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This movie wasn't all that bad. The acting was silly at times but overall, it was okay. I did not expect it to be this well done, good.
Published 13 months ago by JoB
4.0 out of 5 stars Shane West at his best
Like any other teen comedy, it's derivative and full of tasteless sex jokes. And it might be hard to buy James Franco as any kind of athlete. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephanie Bachula
3.0 out of 5 stars Another 90s teen romance
While it's certainly no John Hughes film, and while David Raynr's Whatever It Takes doesn't break any new ground, he still manages to provide another feel-good tale of 90s... Read more
Published 17 months ago by D. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars loooove
Makes me feel like a teen again....I watched this all the time in my teen years. Definitely recommend it! I love James Franco....but more so in his roles such as Tristan & Isolde
Published on April 24, 2012 by Drea
2.0 out of 5 stars Whatever It Takes
There was a very unnecessary scene of the auditorium with the nurse; very distasteful!! That's Hollywood!! They think they had to have the scene, but they didn't really need to!! Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by Pamela Sue Schwartz
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