On the Line (2001)



Critic Consensus: An inept attempt at a romantic comedy aimed at 'Nsync fans.

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Two of the members of popular boy band 'N Sync make their feature acting debuts with this light romantic comedy. Lance Bass stars as shy Kevin Gibbons, an advertising executive in Chicago who's notoriously maladroit at dealing with the opposite sex. After a chance encounter with his dream girl (Emmanuelle Chriqui) aboard the El train, Kevin forgets to ask for her name and phone number and plasters the Windy City with posters seeking his lost love connection. Kevin's quest to find the mystery girl soon attracts the attention of a newspaper reporter and he becomes a media darling, while his roommates Rod (Joey Fatone), Randy (James Bulliard), and Eric (Gregory Qaiyum) take full advantage of the amorous response by Chicago's female population to their friend's heartbroken search. On the Line (2001) co-stars Dave Foley and Jerry Stiller, along with singer Al Green as himself.
PG (for language and some crude humor)
Comedy , Kids & Family , Romance
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Lance Bass
as Kevin Gibbons
as Eric
Tamala Jones
as Jackie
Richie Sambora
as Mick Silver
Al Green
as Himself
Dave Foley
as Gerald Higgins
Jerry Stiller
as Nathan
Justin Timberlake
as Makeup Artist
David Fraser
as Barrett
Jenny Parsons
as Margie
Jennifer Parsons
as Margie/Receptionist
Sandra Cladwell
as Reebok Client No. 1
Romona Pringle
as Kayla Sanders
Jeanie Calleja
as Tabatha
Tracy Dawson
as Goth Girl
Sarah McDonald
as Diner Waitress
Kelley Hazen
as Woman at Wrigley
Ramona Pringle
as Kayla Sanders
Howard E. Brechner
as Guy at Wrigley
Alexandra Delory
as Girl with Braces
Adrian Churchill
as Guy at Bar
Amanda Brydon
as High School Girl at Party
Steve Clark
as band member
Paul Puzzella
as band member
Dov Tiefenbach
as High School Kid
Sean O'Neil
as Puberty Ravaged Kid
Chip Caray
as Cubs TV Announcer
Ananda Lewis
as Herself
as Herself
Sammy Sosa
as Himself
Damon Buford
as Himself
Eric Young
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for On the Line

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (23)

An innocuous romantic comedy about missed connections, like Serendipity for people who can't vote yet.

March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Less a romance than a feature-length plug for 'N Sync and its personalities.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Village Voice
Top Critic

Certainly, you could find far more unpleasant ways to while away 85 minutes.

Full Review… | October 29, 2001
Top Critic

Harmless romantic and musical hijinks abound, and sentimentality prevails.

October 26, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

On the Line tries too hard to be everything to everyone. And as the saying goes, when you try to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one.

Full Review… | October 26, 2001
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The movie has some clumsy dialogue and awkward turns, but the picture is brisk and likable.

Full Review… | October 26, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for On the Line


A cute romantic comedy set in Chicago. It's admittedly overly silly, but I liked it. (First viewing - Summer 2002)

Adam R
Adam R

Clearly marketed toward the 'N Sync teeny-boppers, On the Line's greatest achievement is having a VHS copy of it placed on top of Justin Timberlake's shrine. It's a reminder to him that he co-starred in Alpha Dog, Inside Llewyn Davis and the Oscar winning The Social Network as he thanks his lucky stars that it was his boy band comrades Bass and Fatone that were targeted for this and not him. With it's childish dialogue, preposterous narrative and a sugary sweet, ooey-gooey ending that'll knock you out into a diabetic coma before the end credits roll, all the ipecac in the world couldn't induce vomiting quicker than this film. The characters may have a collective IQ of 4, but if it was any higher we wouldn't get this triumph of 21st century cinema. Full review at http://silverscreenfanatic.com/2014/05/26/what-the-hell-were-they-thinking-21/

Benjamin Marlatt
Benjamin Marlatt

The best part about this movie was Emmanuelle Chriqui, she is smoking hott! There's a good range of cool songs and some pretty funny comedy through out it as well. The only downfall really was kind of a typical love story that you could guess the ending of before the movie already started. Nonetheless it's a pretty good movie to watch - a good date movie, if it does nothing else for some people.

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

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