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Super Reviewer
April 25, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
½ July 5, 2007
This is a great teen flick. Plus it has Shane West and James Franco who are both so hot.
Super Reviewer
May 7, 2007
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).
Super Reviewer
½ November 7, 2006
So cute.
Super Reviewer
½ September 13, 2008
Cute teen flick is not too bad at all and has some pretty funny silly jokes at the beginning. Overcoming the predictable plot, some dialogue is very clever and the acting and directing are good. A few characters are interesting enough to hold attention and even get a few laughs. Many moments seem to be like She's All That too. A cute renter but do not put too much thought into it. Better than average coming-of-age fare. Overall good job but the ending is bad.
Super Reviewer
June 4, 2006
It's not a good movie. Completely unrealistic about high school. It had a neat plot at the beginning, but then it got stupid.
Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2008
James Franco possibly made it worth the watch but I still wouldn't recommend it.
½ May 17, 2015
Pretty good movie. Has romance and although the story isn't original, the events that take place make the movie one worth watching. I liked James Franco in this.
½ February 20, 2015
A decent teen coming of age film. Lots of good performances within a decent plot. I especially liked the performance of Marla Sokoloff as the intellectual teen Maggie Carter. I will admit the plot is formulaic but still highly entertaining. The obvious meaning to the film is that many people miss love right in front of their face & romantically pursue the wrong people. This film reminded me a lot of John Tucker Must Die (2006) & Trojan War (1997) with Jennifer Love Hewitt. Definitely a look at teen speak & late teen mentalities on love & dating. I will admit I laughed quite a bit in the film.
November 12, 2014
***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***
½ January 22, 2013
I have a long, sored history with this film. Kind of cheesy, but funny. First thing I ever saw James Franco in, he did quite well. Plus, any kind of we're-only-friends love stories I tend to dig.
July 7, 2010
What a total cliche of late '90s/early 2000s high school comedy. I mean, I watched this movie because of my affection for the genre (and for James Franco), and I got exactly that. Even the cast is such a mishmash of people from that era. Shane West, obviously, and Marla Sokoloff. There's even the popular girl from "She's All That" playing...the popular girl! I would say, watch it for a laugh but don't expect too much.
January 11, 2009
romantic teen comedy starring Shane West, James Franco, Colin Hanks, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Marla Sokoloff. directed by David Raynr.

1987's Roxanne was my first introduction to the play Cyrano de Bergerac, but this adaptation is by far my favorite.

one of the better teen flicks of the 90s. cute, funny, cheese-tastic film. ♥
August 26, 2009
Great teenage flick. Me and my sister saw it. She liked it a hell of a lot better then me, she actually went out and bought the movie, and she never buys movies. This movie was really nice. I loved the ending.
February 17, 2009
I remember watching this when I was 11 and being sorry to say, not shocked, but sorry to say that the only source of enjoyment that I received from this movie was looking at the faces of James Franco and Shane West for about 90 minutes. Even that was a bit annoying, because neither of them had reached the "peak of their hotness," Franco was actually a bit creepy looking.
September 20, 2008
This a very good movie and I really enjoyed it and Shane West had did a very good movie. I prefer him playing a nice guy like he did in this moivie and i really like the ending of the movie.
January 30, 2008
Mediocre teen movie that's not very memorable. The acting isn't that great either. Skip this and catch "She's All That."
½ January 29, 2008
The high school classic...totally the Syrano type story. It marvels me that James Franco was that bad of an actor in his beginnings. It makes for a good watch though!
½ January 13, 2008
This is when I fell in love with Marla Sokoloff, she is so adorable.. otherwise though, this movie was absolutely hilarious, I loved it!!!
½ November 9, 2007
Wait, I was going to Skip this, then I read the summary...I SAW THIS. IN THEATER. I had no recollection AT ALL until now. It wasn't the worst. Kinda cute.
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