BOYS AND GIRLS

Love Lacks Virtue

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Release Date: June 16, 2000

Starring: Freddie Prinze, Jr., Claire
Forlani, Jason Biggs, & Amanda
Detmer

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Teenagers

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 109 minutes

Distributor: Dimension Films/Miramax

Director: Robert Iscove

Executive Producer: Bob Weinstein, Harvey
Weinstein, Jeremy Kramer, &
Jill Sobel Messick

Producer: Jay Cohen, Lee Gottsegen &
Murray Schisgal

Writer: Andrew Lowery & Andrew Miller

Address Comments To:

Bob and Harvey Weinstein
Dimension Films
99 Hudson St.
5th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 219-4100
Fax: (212) 941-3836
Web Site: www.dimensionfilms.com

Content:

(RoRo, Pa, Ho, B, L, V, SS, NN, AA, MM) A predominantly romantic worldview exhibited by characters who act on emotional whims, also some pagan & moral elements including one promiscuous character & one character who takes sex somewhat seriously & respectively; 6 obscenities, some exclamations of “God!” several vulgarities & sexual references, including references to orgasm & a girl’s period; mascots push other team’s mascot around at a football game, girl slaps boy, boy accidentally hits other boy in the eye with a pool cue ball & in crotch with pool stick, boys chase & threaten other boy, boy accidentally puts Icybalm in eye, & girl beats guitar against a wall; implied fornication, kissing, stripping, lesbian kissing & sexual connotations & references; upper male nudity, cleavage & girl in underwear; alcohol use; and, lying & cheating.

Summary:

Freddie Prinze, Jr. stars in BOYS AND GIRLS, a comedy directed at teenagers that showcases a guy and a girl who hate each other as children, only to grow up and become best friends--and more. Regrettably, foul language and sexual situations slight this movie’s otherwise funny moments.

Review:

Childhood rivals become best friends in BOYS AND GIRLS. When Ryan (Freddie Prinze, Jr. of SHE’S ALL THAT) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani of MEET JOE BLACK) first meet at age 12, they are on an airplane waiting to take off. Ryan makes a wisecrack about Jennifer taking a long time to pack, and Jennifer informs him that she just started her period. She continues to give details about sexual issues, much to Ryan’s discomfort.

Four years later at a high school football game, the two bump into each other again after Jennifer is crowned homecoming queen at her school. As she is riding around the track in a convertible, the mascots from her high school begin picking on the rival school’s mascot, a gopher, which turns out to be none other than Ryan, who takes a pounding. Jennifer finds him and asks if he wants to get together for a cup of coffee but he refuses, obviously upset with the fact that they are so different and have some personality clashes.

A few years pass and Ryan, now in college, is saying goodbye to his long distance girlfriend with whom he has just spent the summer. As they are saying good-bye, Jennifer walks up to them, in disbelief that she and Ryan ended up at the same school. As they converse, Jennifer keeps referring to Ryan as “gopher boy,” recalling the incident in high school. Ryan, who is not amused by this term, doesn’t react like he did in high school. He also meets Steve here, aka Hunter (Jason Biggs of AMERICAN PIE), his roommate, who tries to lure members of the opposite sex by putting on airs.

Ryan and Jennifer continue to run into each other in college, and soon become good friends, despite their contrasting personalities. This relationship becomes more serious one night when the two fornicate. Ultimately realizing his feelings for Jennifer, Ryan knows that things will be different between them in the future. Yet, he doesn’t expect what Jennifer tells him next: that it was a big mistake. When she finally does, he is crushed. Eventually, the pair realizes that their differences are what they value in each other.

Freddie Prinze, Jr. heads up yet another teen movie, proving that Hollywood still thinks he can be a draw at the box office. Despite his pubescent antics, Prinze has the acting skills to keep more mature audiences entertained. Biggs as Ryan’s friend Hunter plays a good comedic supporting role as Ryan’s roommate who struggles with his identity. Forlani as Jennifer almost seems plastic at times, and delivers some of her lines as though she were reading from an obscured cue card.

Like most teen movies, BOYS AND GIRLS lures its audience with sex. The subtitle, “Sex Changes Everything,” is simply one example of this. The movie’s marketing makes it out to be another AMERICAN PIE, without the unneeded offensiveness. Regrettably, this movie contains foul language, sexual situations & a lesbian kiss, which severely mar the otherwise funny story.

In Brief:

Childhood rivals become best friends in BOYS AND GIRLS, a comedy directed at teenagers that showcases a guy and a girl who hate each other as children, only to grow up and become best friends -- and more. Regrettably, some foul language and sexual situations undermine this movie’s otherwise funny moments.

Freddie Prinze, Jr. heads up yet another teen movie, proving that Hollywood still thinks he can be a draw at the box office. Despite his pubescent antics, Prinze has the acting skills to keep more mature audiences entertained. Biggs as Ryan’s friend Hunter plays a good comedic supporting role as Ryan’s roommate who struggles with his identity. Forlani as Jennifer almost seems plastic at times, and delivers some of her lines as though she were reading from an obscured cue card. Like most teen movies, BOYS AND GIRLS lures its audience with sex. The subtitle, “Sex Changes Everything,” is simply one example of this. The movie’s marketing makes it out to be another AMERICAN PIE, without the unneeded offensiveness. Regrettably, this movie contains foul language, sexual situations & a lesbian kiss, which severely mar the otherwise funny story as far as morality is concerned