This is simply an assembly of cinematic cliches.
| Original Score: 1/5
Please, oh please, make these teen-targeted romantic comedies go away.
| Original Score: 1/4
What you're actually hearing is the sound of a really old coot preaching a very practised sermon.
| Original Score: 2/4
Whatever It Takes is certainly nothing new or ground-breaking, but for what it is, it's entertaining and slightly above-average.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
This is about as lame as teen comedy/romance films come.
It never has enough confidence to let itself go and shock or surprise the audience.
| Original Score: 2/5
An occasionally amusing but otherwise unimaginative teen-based comedy.
You -- yes, you -- can write a teen comedy. Whatever It Takes is proof.
While it isn't really worth the trip to the theater, it's good enough for a rental when it comes out on video.
What the film takes for granted is that there is a young horde waiting to be sold the old tripe again, a group very specifically targeted (from about age 15.2 to 19.4) as laugh patsies.
The predictable scenarios don't allow the actors many opportunities to distinguish themselves.
Mark Schwahn didn't really write Whatever It Takes; he more or less assembled it out of spare parts, pop-culture detritus, the best and worst leftovers available to a first-time writer on a school-lunch budget.
Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy.
Although the leads are appealing, you're better off watching them for free on the little screen, in Once and Again....
Worthy sentiments all, but not exactly fresh insights.
| Original Score: 7/10
There are way too many poop and crotch jokes.
What's that you say? You want what? Originality? Or at least something marginally distinctive? That's not what these movies are about!
Tepid, predictable fantasy.
Falls flat with unbelievably bad scenes that are also just plain unbelievable.