Boys on the Side (1995)

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This emotion-filled story stars Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, and Drew Barrymore as three women from different walks of life who find comfort in each other through tragedy. Parker plays Robin, an HIV-positive real estate executive who meets Jane (Goldberg), a lesbian lounge singer on her way to the West Coast who needs a driver. Robin volunteers for the job, and along the way, they stop in Pittsburgh to visit her friend Holly (Barrymore), who is pregnant and abused by her boyfriend. In an … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Don Roos
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2001
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

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as Pete

as Carrie

as Girl with Attitude

as Dr. Newbauer

as Young Robin

as Nightclub Owner

as Woman at Diner

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as New Mexico Policeman

as New Mexico Policeman

as Obstetrician

as Gynecologist

as Tuscon Policeman

as Tuscon Policeman

as Tow Truck Driver

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Critic Reviews for Boys on the Side

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

The three women are so spirited and funny -- so emotionally keyed into all the hearts and flowers -- that they give the movie their own kind of truth.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Roos and Ross (and I promise never to put those names together again) are so busy jerking the audience from wacky to teary, and back again, they seem blithely unaware of the howling melodrama of it all.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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The entire film feels like the result of a market study.

January 1, 2000
The New Republic
Top Critic

It's decent mass consumption entertainment, but there's not much in the way of meat.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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It's an original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become like family.

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

Goldberg and Parker are extraordinary.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Boys on the Side

This is a movie I have watched many times over the years and have owned in more than one format (VHS, laserdisc and now DVD... and frankly the transfer on the DVD is so crappy if it comes out on blu here, I am all over it!), so that gives you some idea how much I love it and how biased this review is going to be!
As far as I am concerned, it is the perfect movie about female friendship... another one that leaves SATC in the pale (fun though those movies might be). Casting is perfect. I am far from a Whoopi Goldberg fan (she normally grates on me), but she is really good in this as Jane, a musician and lesbian who meets up with Robin (Mary-Louise Parker - just perfect here. I had never seen her in anything before this and I was drawn to her portrayal of the slightly dorky but beautiful Robin). Both are looking to leave town for various reasons and decide to car pool to California, though seemingly totally incompatible. Along the way they pick up Jane's friend Holly (Drew Barrymore - also a perfect role for her) who has got herself into a bit of a scrape with her dodgy boyfriend.
The three get to know each other better, secrets come out and long lasting friendships are formed. The ending is incredibly sad and moves me to tears everytime without fail. I don't want to say more than that and ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen this. Even though the twist which leads to the end is revealed fairly early on in the movie, you do still kind of hope it will not happen as you just really can't wish any bad on this emotionally scarred character.
I had not realised that Matthew McConaughey plays the policeman Holly falls in love with - I have not watched this movie in a few years, and I probably didn't really know who he was at the time. (Now of course he is in just about every chick flick going). He is pretty slimy here - both himself and the character, so I guess he suits it!

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Nicki Marie

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Don't remember much about this one.

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Tim Salmons

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The Best and precious gift ever is laughter and the miracle of friendship.

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Wahida K

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