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Boys on the Side

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • BOYS ON THE SIDE is a simultaneously funny and moving drama of self-discovery. Three very different women find themselves together at individual crossroads in their lives. When Jane (Whoopi Goldberg) a street-smart New York lesbian, answers an ad to drive across the country, she meets Robin (Mary-Louise Parker), a prim and proper real-estate agent desperate to flee the city. The seemingly opposite pair embarks on a road trip together, concealing truths about one another: Robin is suffering from AIDS in silence, and Jane hides her homosexuality. Along the way they stop in Pittsburgh to visit Jane's friend Holly (Drew Barrymore). Holly is involved in an abusive relationship with her junkie boyfriend Nick, and when Jane attempts to take Holly with her, Nick violently intervenes. When Robin hears all the commotion, she miraculously saves the day by calming Nick down, then binding him to a chair while Holly packs her bags. However, as the three women travel west, Jane spies Nick's photograph in a newspaper--in an obituary. The trio decides to continue the journey, finding strength in one another's friendship. Director Herb Ross's touching film examines the bonds these women form as they endure heartache and love together in spite of their differences.
  • Credits
    Whoopi Goldberg, Caryn Johnson, Drew Barrymore, Mary-Louise Parker, Mary Louise Parker, James Remar, Billy Wirth, Matthew McConaughey, Anita Gillette, Dennis Boutsikaris, Estelle Parsons, Stephen Gevedon, Gedde Watanabe, Jon Seda, Aaron Lustig, Terri White
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Parker is moving..."
    USA Today

    "...Lush, weepy..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Boasting tour-de-force performances by its three leads....Barrymore's an absolute hoot..."

    "...[The actresses are] so sharp, funny and wholehearted that this film creates an unexpected groundswell of real emotion..."
    New York Times

    "...Actors relish this sort of thing, and the leads give strong, well-rounded, Oscar-friendly performances..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...The [actresses] are so spirited and funny -- so emotionally keyed into al the hearts and flowers -- that they give the movie their own kind of truth..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...It is original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become family..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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