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Boys on the Side (1995)

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In the tradition of Fried Green Tomatoes, this touching drama focuses upon the relationships of three strong, independent women who come to love and need each other on the way to Southern California. The story begins in New York when Jane, a night club singer, chances to meet Jane, a tense real estate executive on a trip to souther CA. Jane's friend Holly joins them after she and her boyfriend the drug addict have a big fight. When Robin becomes terribly ill, the three must stop in Tucson where they set up a house. Jane, a lesbian, must come to grips with her romantic feelings toward the ailing Robin.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Studio:
Warner Home Video

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Cast

Dennis Boutsikaris
as Massarelli
Amy Aquino
as Anna
Stan Egi
as Henry
Stephen Gevedon
as Johnny Figgis/Member of Jane's Band
Amy Ray
as Herself
Emily Saliers
as Herself
Jon Seda
as Pete
Mimi Toro
as Carrie
Lori Alan
as Girl with Attitude
Mary Anne McGarry
as Dr. Newbauer
Danielle Shuman
as Young Robin
Julian Neil
as Nightclub Owner
Niecy Nash
as Woman at Diner
Ted Zerkowski
as Drug Buyer
Jill C. Klein
as Waitress
Terri White
as Guard
George Georgiadis
as Cab Driver
Cheryl A. Kelly
as Hotel Clerk
Adria Contreras
as Mary Todd (age 5 Months)
Malika Edwards
as Mary Todd (age 10 Months)
Pablo Espinosa
as New Mexico Policeman
Kevin LaPresle
as New Mexico Policeman
John F. Manfredonia
as Obstetrician
James Shuffield
as Gynecologist
Thomas Kevin Danaher
as Tuscon Policeman
Richard Loewll McDole
as Tuscon Policeman
Don Hewitt Sr.
as Tow Truck Driver
Andy Duppin
as Tow Truck Driver
Alan Mirikitami
as Member of Jane's Band
Joe Pyles
as Member of Jane's Band
Worthy Davis
as Member of Jane's Band
Josh Segal
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Breta La Von
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Patrice Jones
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Tito Larriva
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Gary Montemer
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Vernon Francisco
as Member of Desert Suns Band
Fidelis Manuel
as Member of Desert Suns Band
Sylvester Oliver
as Member of Desert Suns Band
Benedict Martinez
as Member of Desert Suns Band
New Kiva Motions Puppet Theater
as Day of the Dead Dancers/Puppeteers
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Critic Reviews for Boys on the Side

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Don't remember much about this one.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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