Whatever It Takes (2000)



Critic Consensus: Whatever It Takes is another run-of-the-mill teeny-bopper romance flick. Cliche jokes and a tired plot capture few laughs.

Movie Info

In this teen-oriented romantic comedy, Ryan Woodman (Shane West) is a socially inept high school senior whose idea of a good time is practicing his accordion, while Chris Campbell (James Franco) is a BMOC football star (and intellectual lightweight) at the same school. Ryan is hopelessly in love with Ashley Grant (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), who is beautiful, popular, and entirely out of his league, while Chris has a serious crush on Maggie (Marla Sokoloff), a pretty but bookish friend of Ryan's. Chris … More

Rating: PG-13 (for thematic elements, sexual material and language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mark Schwahn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2001
Columbia Pictures - Official Site



as Ryan Woodman

as Maggie Carter

as Kate Woodman

as Chris Campbell

as Harris

as P.E. Teacher

as Security Guard

as Shower Girl

as Shower Girl

as Stuck Up Girl

as Swim Coach

as Octopus Ride Operato...

as Toothless Carnie

as Sweet Kid

as Teacher

as Large Football Playe...

as Old Woman

as Old Man

as Chess Club Kid

as Miranda

as Little Girl

as Cosmo's Date

as Noriko

as Virgil Doolittle
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Critic Reviews for Whatever It Takes

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (26)

What you're actually hearing is the sound of a really old coot preaching a very practised sermon.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

You -- yes, you -- can write a teen comedy. Whatever It Takes is proof.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Whatever It Takes takes old tale, ruins it.

January 1, 2000
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Lame script.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Tepid, predictable fantasy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Whatever It Takes

Whatever it takes is a basic teen chick-flick.

It's predictable. Very easy to guess what will happen right at the start, but, it's fun to watch. James Franco and Shane West are both insanly good with there roles, there's alot good looking girls, and the comedy side of it is not so bad either.

It's worth watching and a fun flick. The actors/comedy saves it from being anything worse then average, but the predictable typical storyline keeps it from being any better then average.
Check it out if you wanna just relax and watch a tyipcal teen-chick flick.

Bobby Hobbs

Super Reviewer


This is a great teen flick. Plus it has Shane West and James Franco who are both so hot.

Rachel F

Super Reviewer

I give this movie one star...but that hasn't stopped me from watching it on more than one occasion (on abc family or something like it).

Megan S

Super Reviewer

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