Whatever It Takes (2000)



Critic Consensus: Whatever It Takes is another run-of-the-mill teeny-bopper romance flick. Cliche jokes and a tired plot capture few laughs.

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In this teen-oriented romantic comedy, Ryan Woodman (Shane West) is a socially inept high school senior whose idea of a good time is practicing his accordion, while Chris Campbell (James Franco) is a BMOC football star (and intellectual lightweight) at the same school. Ryan is hopelessly in love with Ashley Grant (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), who is beautiful, popular, and entirely out of his league, while Chris has a serious crush on Maggie (Marla Sokoloff), a pretty but bookish friend of Ryan's. Chris and Ryan realize that they're in a position to help each other, and through a complicated arrangement of phone calls, e-mails, and double dates, they try to work out a system by which each guy will be with the girl of his dreams -- though things hardly turn out the way anyone expected. Produced under the title Got to Be You, Whatever It Takes also features Julia Sweeney and Colin Hanks.
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Shane West
as Ryan Woodman
Marla Sokoloff
as Maggie Carter
Manu Intiraymi
as Dunleavy
Aaron Paul
as Floyd
Julia Sweeney
as Kate Woodman
James Franco
as Chris Campbell
Kip Pardue
as Harris
Colin Hanks
as Cosmo
Richard Schiff
as P.E. Teacher
Kevin Ruf
as Security Guard
Erin Champaign
as Shower Girl
Rachel Zerko
as Shower Girl
Eric Kushnick
as Stoner
Julie Garibaldi
as Stuck Up Girl
Chantal Abbey
as Swim Coach
Joe Gieb
as Octopus Ride Operator
Tyrone Granderson Jones
as Toothless Carnie
Mason Lucero
as Sweet Kid
Stan Sellars
as Teacher
Jeff Sanders
as Large Football Player
Marge Anderson
as Old Woman
Sam Menning
as Old Man
Nick Cannon
as Chess Club Kid
Hubert Hodgin
as Waiter
Rachel Kaber
as Miranda
Caroline Kindred
as Little Girl
Romy Rosemont
as Cosmo's Date
Mami Nakamura
as Noriko
David Koechner
as Virgil Doolittle
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Critic Reviews for Whatever It Takes

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (25)

What you're actually hearing is the sound of a really old coot preaching a very practised sermon.

Full Review… | April 25, 2003
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

You -- yes, you -- can write a teen comedy. Whatever It Takes is proof.

December 31, 1999
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
Top Critic

Whatever It Takes takes old tale, ruins it.

December 31, 1999
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Yet another leaden, witless, cliché-drunk, teen romantic comedy.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

Lame script.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Tepid, predictable fantasy.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Whatever It Takes

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. Overall: 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.

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

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This is a great teen flick. Plus it has Shane West and James Franco who are both so hot.

Rachel F
Rachel F

Super Reviewer

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).

Megan S
Megan S

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