• Boys on the Side (1995)

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Release Date: February 3rd, 1995

DVD Release Date: April 27th, 1999

R|1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary
After breaking up with her girlfriend, a nightclub singer, Jane (Whoopi Goldberg), answers a personal ad from Robin (Mary-Louise Parker), a real estate agent with AIDS, seeking a cross-country travel partner. On their journey from New York City to Los Angeles, the two stop by Pittsburgh to pick up Robin's friend Holly (Drew Barrymore), who is trying to escape an abusive relationship. With three distinct personalities, the women must overcome their differences to help one another.

Cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore, Matthew McConaughey, James Remar, Billy Wirth, Anita Gillette, Dennis Boutsikaris

Director: Herbert Ross

Genres: Drama

Production Co: New Regency Pictures, Canal+, Regency Enterprises, Alcor Films

Ratings & Reviews

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  • This movie is not a collection of parts from other films. It's an original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become like family. show more

  • Its one flaw occurs when the film concocts a fake conflict between the women in an attempt to add some drama. The plot device doesn't do great damage, but it is enough to keep the film from being a hands-down four-star movie. show more

  • The film's occasional jarring shifts in tone are a liability, but not a fatal one: It's a character-driven piece and the beautifully-crafted characters mask the narrative flaws. show more

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