Boys and Girls (2000)



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 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).
PG-13 (for sexual content)
Comedy , Romance
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Freddie Prinze Jr.
as Ryan Williams
Claire Forlani
as Jennifer
Jason Biggs
as Hunter (Steve)
Raquel Beaudene
as Young Jennifer
Gay Thomas Wilson
as N.Y. Flight Attendant
Blake Shields
as Knight
Sean Maysonet
as Michael
John X
as D.J.
Tsianina Joelson
as Girl in Bar
Richard Hillman
as Frat guy
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
Susan Kellermann
as Therapist
Sybil Azur
as Dancer
Tim Fournier
as Dancer
Bryan Anthony
as Dancer
George Hubela
as Dancer
Rebecca Lin
as Dancer
Kimberly Lyon
as Dancer
Katie Miller
as Dancer
Diane Mizota
as Dancer
Chris Moss
as Dancer
Nancy O'Meara
as Dancer
Kelly Sherrin
as Dancer
Tim Stevenson
as Dancer
Jenna Stewart
as Dancer
Jason Yribar
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Boys and Girls

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (19)

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
Top Critic

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

December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

The larger motions [Boys and Girls] goes through are oh-so-tiresomely familiar.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

The year's worst movie.

December 31, 1999
New York Post
Top Critic

[Claire Forlani] is way too classy for this sort of film.

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Boys and Girls


Recently picked this up for $3 second hand. I can remember being disappointed with it back in the 90's, but I couldn't really remember why. The cast are decent including Alyson Hannigan and Claire Forlani. I wondered if I had been harsh originally and decided to give it another go. Well, it all came flooding back. It's just not very good. Alyson is in it about five minutes. Freddie is wooden and Jason Biggs is the kiss of death. I like 90's teen films (generally) but there is much,much better out there. The way these kids talk and act does not ring true at all. For example, the whole scene on the plane - what 13 year old girl would seriously say all that stuff?? I can remember well being mortified, and wanting no one to know. Freddie is also not a good dork. Claire is a decent actress, but she wasn't convincing here either. I think the fault is in the script. It's just not well written, or especially engaging material. she's All That or Whatever it takes were better movies from this era and genre. Although it does pick up a bit at the end. Just takes a very, very long time to get there.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Not bad. Predictable, but still watchable.

Red Lats
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
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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