Boys and Girls (2000)

Boys and Girls



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

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

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Lowery, Andrew Miller, The Drews
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 14, 2000
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Critic Reviews for Boys and Girls

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (22)

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
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[Boys and Girls] loses points for having the dreaded public place love pronouncement finale.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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The larger motions [Boys and Girls] goes through are oh-so-tiresomely familiar.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The year's worst movie.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Silly star crossed sex obsessed love flick.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

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."


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