Boys and Girls


Boys and Girls

Critics Consensus

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



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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 begin to wonder if they were meant to be more than friends. The supporting cast includes Jason Biggs as Ryan's loudmouth roommate Hunter, Amanda Detmer as Jennifer's neurotic pal Amy, Alyson Hannigan as Ryan's sometime girlfriend Betty, and Heather Donahue, who is no worse for wear after her experiences in the Maryland woods in The Blair Witch Project. Director Robert Iscove also worked with Prinze on She's All That (1999).


Freddie Prinze Jr.
as Ryan Williams
Jason Biggs
as Hunter (Steve)
Raquel Beaudene
as Young Jennifer
Gay Thomas Wilson
as N.Y. Flight Attendant
John X
as D.J.
Tsianina Joelson
as Girl in Bar
Angela Oh
as Waitress
Brian Poth
as Guy in Diner
Mimi Rose
as Girl in Diner
David Correia
as Shuttle Driver
Lisa Eichhorn
as Shuttle Passenger
Lee Garlington
as L.A. Flight Attendant
John Henry Redwood
as Businessman
Barbara Spiegel
as Saleswoman
Kylie Bax
as Supermodel
Kristy Hinze
as Supermodel
Ines Rivero
as Supermodel
Renate Verdaam
as Supermodel
Sybil Azur
as Dancer
Chris Moss
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Boys and Girls

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Audience Reviews for Boys and Girls

  • Jan 17, 2019
    I don't know why I ended up watching this film. I knew it would be bad, but I went and watched it regardless. Now I'm sitting here with nothing positive to say, and the guilty feeling of writing a bad review. The film attempts to create a funny, but darker romantic comedy for the Prince Jnr market. The film never develops into anything of interest, and the characters don't have a great connection. The filmmakers miss a chance to create interesting characters, but they throw that to the side with developing Biggs. The best scene for Biggs is the final scene in the credits, but even that showcases the filmmakers weren't sure of the audience for the film. This could have been a better film had the filmmakers focused on cleaning up the humour and focusing on the core story. 12/01/2019.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2014
    Not bad. Predictable, but still watchable.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 21, 2013
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2012
    Awe come on everyone! This was cute. How can anything with Freddie in it be bad? Cute romantic comedy. Jason Biggs was pretty funny in this, which really added to it. Maybe not their best work, but I enjoyed it.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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