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Boys on the Side

4.6 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

THREE WOMEN, A CLUB MUSICIAN, A DEMURE REAL ESTATE AGENT AND AFLAKY DRUG-DEALER'S GIRLFRIEND, MAKE A BREAK WITH THEIR PASTS AND FORM AN UNLIKELY FAMILY WHILE TRAVELING ACROSS THE COUNTRYTOGETHER.

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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
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 1999
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790741822
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boys on the Side" on IMDb

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By Shelley Gammon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2002
Format: DVD
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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By A Customer on 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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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. I love the dynamics of the three main characters and how their friendship forms and evolves. The mixture of drama and levity and the differences between the women really balances the storytelling. The soundtrack is amazing, too. Plus, Matthew Mcconaughey with a crew cut!
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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. Let me say it's a film worth watching over & over - these actresses/characters will entertain you over & over. Eccentric/ever-changing personalities keeping you fascinated through out the film. All I'm gonna share is my favorite lines: Jane to Holly "You...hit...him...with...a...BAT!". Holly to Jane (drug money) "It's not like you can tell by looking at it" & my favorite Robin to Holly "Don't tease the animals "... The guys are all idiots, but I suppose they were necessary i.e. "Boys" On The Side". Estelle Parsons as Robin's mother...a delight.
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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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One of my all time favorite movies........Love female friendship movies, and this is one of the very best. Another one I watched with my 16 year old granddaughter, and we both laughed and cried. Have had it on VHS for years, and watched it many times. So glad to have it on DVD........one of the best chick flicks.
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One of the best "Chick Flicks" of all time. Wonderful story of the true meaning of friendship and tolerance in a hectic world. Fun, funny, heartbreaking and engrossing. Even my husband likes this one.
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I was watching The View one day and Whoopi mention this movie she was in sometime ago. I had never seen it, so I decided to buy a copy.
I was pleasantly surprised.
It was a great movie and all the stars gave a great performance.
I will watch it again.
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