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Boys and Girls (2000)

Boys and Girls


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 7
Rotten: 55

Critics Consensus: Boys and Girls feels like a cheap rip-off of When Harry Met Sally. The predictable and stale story fails to engage.

Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 16

Critics Consensus: Boys and Girls feels like a cheap rip-off of When Harry Met Sally. The predictable and stale story fails to engage.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 28,085


Movie Info

In this romantic comedy, good friends change their feelings about each other over the course of their four years in college. Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani) have known each other since grade school, though their oil-and-water personalities don't always mesh. Engineering student Ryan focuses on his studies and future career, while Jennifer likes loud music, partying, and not doing her homework. As they suffer their share of disastrous relationships, these two opposites … More

PG-13 (for sexual content)
Comedy , Romance
Directed By:
Written By:
Andrew Miller
In Theaters:
Nov 14, 2000
Miramax - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Boys and Girls

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (55) | DVD (4)

The cast is so charming and assured that it puts across most of this with a reasonable amount of conviction.

Full Review… | March 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This is less a movie than a casting call -- just round up a crowd of pretty young faces, fresh yet still familiar, and call it a job well done.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

If only Boys and Girls would trust its audience more by not pandering to the less intuitive among us.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

You might wish for some of the grosser excesses of Road Trip or American Pie just to stay awake.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

A screenful of nonstop charm and credibility.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Compared to the wisdom and wickedness of High Fidelity, [Boys and Girls] is such a slight movie.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Silly star crossed sex obsessed love flick.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Prinze still delivers the faceless everyman performance he's given in his last few--make that all--his films.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010

While its parts are average to good, the sum of those parts is well above average. This film strikes a decent balance, despite its potential for childishness.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004
Apollo Guide

The latest entry in the summer teen sweepstakes is a bust.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

It's a paint-by-numbers romantic comedy, but without the heart or laughs to make it work.

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

If [When Harry Met Sally...]never existed, this would be a passable romance; as it is, it looks more like a cheap ripoff.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

It is not that it's implausible; it's just that in this case it's not very interesting, a situation not helped by the most pedestrian dialogue.

Full Review… | June 5, 2002
Boxoffice Magazine

More serious than you'd expect.

Full Review… | March 8, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Sleepless in Seattle this ain't.

Full Review… | November 3, 2001

We can see the plot points lumbering toward us like Godzilla in Death Valley...quips whipping through the air with the greatest of ease and with minimal impact.

Full Review… | July 9, 2001

Not for a moment could you believe you're watching actual, viable human beings.

Full Review… | April 16, 2001

There is rarely a single moment of originality or spontaneity to be found ... until the final credits sequence.

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

[The stars] are navel-gazing bores.

January 1, 2000
Winnipeg Sun

The script gives [the actors] virtually nothing to say.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

[Boys and Girls] has the same male star in Freddie Prinze Jr. and the same director in Robert Iscove, but nowhere near as much appeal.

January 1, 2000
Charlotte Observer

So shallow and brainless it's in perpetual danger of drying up and blowing away.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
TV Guide's Movie Guide

This pie's half-baked.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for Boys and Girls


Not bad. Predictable, but still watchable.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Robert Iscove really has a niche. He directed my most pleasing of guilty pleasures, "From Justin to Kelly," as well as the 1999 "Kiss Me" klassic, "She's All That" (which really hasn't held up). In this little-known year 2000 sophomore effort, he combines his penchants for awkward meet-cutes, attracting opposites, and meticulously choreographed impromptu dance parties, and it all goes down smoother than a chicka-cherry cola.

The movie shares many familiar ingredients of its predecessor and other 90s teen classics: Freddie Prinze Jr. (this time as the Lainey Boggs-esque nebbish pantywaist, rocking the sk8terboi middle-part), Jason Biggs (as the frosted-tipped doofus), sweet-red Alyson Hannigan, and the requisite everybody-knows-what-they're-doing dance sequence, scored by none other than Fatboy Slim! Although "She's All That" is probably most remembered for that iconic scene, the one here calls for less suspension of disbelief. Jennifer knows the dance moves, and Ryan tries to keep up, more or less succeeding by the end. The club scene is more organically woven into the story than the perfect Prom breakdown.

The movie also starts out exactly like the more recent "No Strings Attached" (which probably borrowed from this) - Ryan and Jennifer meet several times over ten years - but unlike the puppets on strings that are the characters of NSA, R+J (heh) do more than navigate the aftermath of casual friend-sex; they navigate a real friendship complicated by the past, present, and future. The storyline isn't groundbreaking, but in comparison to all the movies "Boys and Girls" reminds me of, it has a stronger driving conflict.

Claire Forlani is way too old to play a college gal, but she is charismatic, charming, smoldering, delicately bony, breathy, and willowy and wounded as usual. She also rocks some great fashions - that weird hoodie sweater vest/cargo pants/Chucks combo AND that white backless top/wide-leg pants ensemble. Yowza.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


"Boys and Girls wasn't too bad of a film. It's about a girl who's a carefree soul befriending an uptight guy who believes that everything is supposse to be planned out. They continue to meet unexpectedly throughout their lives and officially become friends in college. They both agree that love is overrated, but keep falling into relationships that don't work out. Soon the line of a relationship and friendship gets blurred and things become awkward for them.
The movie made me miss the good R&B music that came out of the 90's.
The story is OK as well as the acting. Nothing special. But it was decent enough. Not something I would see again."


Super Reviewer


Generally awful movie, but 2 saviours: the dance scene and Jason Biggs are incredible. Predictably laughable to see Freddie Prinze Jr's transformation to hottie, and Claire Forlani is HAWT. She's a prettier version of Angelina Jolie. Also funny that they try to fool us that you can go up to the GGB in a sleeveless shirt. Ha! You think I moved to San Francisco yesterday?

Letitia Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer

Boys and Girls Quotes

Look, that night was as much a surprise to me as it was to you. But being with you was like going to a place that I had never been before. And after you fell asleep I just laid there, staring up at those cheap fluorescent stars you have stuck on your ceiling, and - after a while they just started forming a pattern, this weird glow-in-the-dark pattern that linked together our entire relationship. And for the first time everything seemed clear to me - like one logical progression. It felt like you and I were the greatest plan ever made and I had nothing to do with it. Being with you made me feel that maybe I didn't have to keep planning anymore because it felt like I was actually living. And that for once in my life I wouldn't have to work so hard at being happy. That it could just happen. Nothing will ever hurt me as much as your reaction to that same experience.
– Submitted by Agaprita S (2 years ago)

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