Whatever It Takes

March 31st, 2000


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A modern-day remake of the Cyrano DeBergerac tale.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 5.2/10 (4,907 voted)

Critic's Score: 20/100

Director: David Raynr

Stars: Shane West, Marla Sokoloff, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Ryan's dreams for catching the eye of the 'goddess of the high school hallway' has a chance of becoming true when her cousin (Chris) offers to make him a deal. All he has to do is help Chris to win the heart of his best friend, the beautiful enigmatic Maggie. This sparks off a damned cute comedy as 'boy helps boy to get girl'

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe - Ashley Grant
Shane West - Ryan Woodman
Marla Sokoloff - Maggie Carter
Manu Intiraymi - Dunleavy
Aaron Paul - Floyd
Julia Sweeney - Kate Woodman
James Franco - Chris Campbell
Kip Pardue - Harris
Scott Vickaryous - Stu
Colin Hanks - Cosmo
Richard Schiff - P.E. Teacher
Kevin Ruf - Security Guard
Erin Champaign - Shower Girl
Rachel Zerko - Shower Girl
Eric Kushnick - Stoner

Taglines: How low will they go to get the girls of their dreams?


Official Website: Sony |

Release Date: 31 March 2000

Filming Locations: Beverly Hills High School - 241 Moreno Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)

Gross: $8,735,529 (USA) (4 June 2000)

Technical Specs


Ashley Grant: Let mommy rub 'em.

User Review

If you liked She's All That you'll like this one


In the lines of She's All That, Columbia Pictures brings Whatever It Takes, a teen comedy with all the cliches. The story is fairly simple, unpopular guy (Shane West) is in love with hottest girl in the school (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). His beautiful yet different female friend (Marla Sokoloff) is being adored by the hottest guy in the school (James Franco). So the unpopular guy and the popular guy team up to get the girls. They both help each other in ways that aren't normal to each other. But when the unpopular guy realizes that what he was looking for was right under his nose everything becomes chaotic. The performances are good. Nobody does a stand out job but they all do the best with what they have. The jokes are at times really funny and at times a complete waist of time. There is a lot of racy material for a PG-13 movie. Many of the sexual jokes can get pretty bad. If your a teenager I think you will enjoy this film. Whatever It Takes is a sometime enjoyable and sometime funny teen comedy with a reused plot and many teen comedy cliches. If your looking for a comedy that breaks new ground this just ain't it. But if your looking to enjoy yourself, you might just get a kick out of it.