Boys on the Side

Boys on the Side

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Director: Herbert Ross, Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore

Cast: Herbert Ross, Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore

     
 

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This emotion-filled story stars Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, and Drew Barrymore as three women from different walks of life who find comfort in each other through tragedy. Parker plays Robin, an HIV-positive real estate executive who meets Jane (Goldberg), a lesbian lounge singer on her way to the West Coast who needs a driver. Robin volunteers for the job,

Overview

This emotion-filled story stars Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, and Drew Barrymore as three women from different walks of life who find comfort in each other through tragedy. Parker plays Robin, an HIV-positive real estate executive who meets Jane (Goldberg), a lesbian lounge singer on her way to the West Coast who needs a driver. Robin volunteers for the job, and along the way, they stop in Pittsburgh to visit her friend Holly (Barrymore), who is pregnant and abused by her boyfriend. In an attempt to save Holly, all three decide to head West together to begin a new life. But they get only as far as Arizona before Robin falls ill and the three are forced to learn to rely on one another for growth and emotional sustenance. Jane, though concerned about Robin's condition, also finds herself with a romantic interest in her ailing companion. Holly confronts her need to be with abusive men, while Robin comes to grips with her fear of being alone and the realization of her own impending death. Fans of Herbert Ross' earlier Steel Magnolias (1989) might appreciate this movie, which tackles some of the same themes. Sometimes referred to as a "feminist road movie," the film deals with women who find one another in a time of crisis and realize that the bonds among women are more powerful than any of life's obstacles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An offbeat but engaging script by screenwriter and future director Don Roos elevates this standard girl empowerment/tearjerker drama to a level above the typical entries in its genre. While the film occasionally veers off into sketchy territory, great performances by a trio of actresses (with Whoopi Goldberg in particular earning well-deserved kudos for her atypical restraint) and Roos's trademark sly sense of humor keep the cheese factor low. There are times when the story's roots are showing, such as in a phony crisis involving a possibly deceased, abusive boyfriend that smacks too clearly of Thelma and Louise and leaves the imagined sound of a fevered pitch-meeting ringing in one's ears. Boys on the Side has something altogether different in mind than distaff revenge fantasy, however, taking a welcome, unexpected twist in the road that leads to a more elegiac, thoughtfully sober, and aesthetically pleasing conclusion than the film's first act would lead viewers to expect. Director Herbert Ross displays the facility he demonstrated with a strong female cast in Steel Magnolias, resulting in a memorable film that, while far from being a classic, is worth viewing for those in need of a good, cleansing session of unrestrained weeping.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0883929155385
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:57:00

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Whoopi Goldberg Jane
Mary-Louise Parker Robin
Drew Barrymore Holly
Matthew McConaughey Abe
James Remar Alex
Billy Wirth Nick
Anita Gillette Elaine
Dennis Boutsikaris Massarelli
Estelle Parsons Louise
Amy Aquino Anna
Stan Egi Henry
Jude Ciccolella Jerry
Gedde Watanabe Steve
Danielle Shuman Young Robin
Jill C. Klein Waitress
Aaron Lustig Judge
Don Hewitt Tow Truck Driver
Josh Segal Indigo Girls' Band #1
Tito Larriva Indigo Girls' Band #4
Niecy Nash Actor

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director,Producer
Ken Adam Production Designer
James Bayliss Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Myles Berger Set Decoration/Design
Connie Brink Special Effects
Fern Buchner Makeup
Jann K. Engel Set Decoration/Design
Michael Germain Makeup
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Patricia Karlan Executive Producer
Russ Kavanaugh Associate Producer
Dale Martin Special Effects
Hank McCann Casting
Patrick McCormick Co-producer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael R. Miller Editor
David Newman Score Composer
WIlliam F. O'Brien Art Director
Steven E. Reuther Producer
Don Roos Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Rick Simpson Set Decoration/Design
Barry K. Thomas Asst. Director
Donald Thorin Cinematographer
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Boys on the Side
1. "I'm Gone" ("Piece of My Heart") [3:43]
2. Not Close to Robin [3:14]
3. On Their Way ("Willow") [3:13]
4. Feeling Ill [1:21]
5. "The Way We Were" and What We Want [4:21]
6. Not a Warm Welcome at Holly's [2:37]
7. Jogging Nick's Memory [3:13]
8. Fast Exits ("Crossroads) [4:04]
9. Word's Out [5:54]
10. Cruising #1 ("Keeping On Growing") [1:45]
11. About Jane [2:04]
12. Cruising #2 ("Shame, Shame, Shame") [1:14]
13. About Robin [1:57]
14. "You're Safe With Me" [4:41]
15. Happy Birthday ("Jocking, Jailhouse Rock, Southland In the Springtime") [4:35]
16. Call Me Abe [2:07]
17. A Curse [1:47]
18. Words Will Make You Free [2:57]
19. A Good Night Song ("Superstar") [3:44]
20. Definitely Not One of the Girls [:33]
21. What Jane Wants [2:20]
22. Can't Get to a Phone [1:38]
23. Attracted ("Take Me to the River"); Why Can't We? [5:00]
24. Pulling Apart and Coming Together [4:34]
25. Spelling It All Out For Elaine [3:42]
26. Abe Acts Honestly [2:44]
27. One of These Gay Women We Read About [2:30]
28. "I Love Her More" [1:34]
29. Not Complaining [3:09]
30. Between Women [3:34]
31. The Bounds of Love [1:49]
32. No More Lies [1:43]
33. Rallying Around Robin [1:32]
34. A Crush On Woman [5:47]
35. "Don't Look at Me" [1:47]
36. Homecoming (Mellow Yellow") [2:38]
37. "You Got It" [3:58]
38. End Credits ("I Take You With Me,"You Got It") [7:27]

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