Whatever It Takes (2000 film)

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Whatever It Takes
Whatever it takes.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by David Raynr
Produced by Matt Berenson
Bill Brown
Victoria Dee
Paul Schiff
Mark Schwahn
Written by Mark Schwahn
Starring Shane West
Marla Sokoloff
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
James Franco
Aaron Paul
Julia Sweeney
Colin Hanks
Kip Pardue
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
March 31, 2000 (2000-03-31)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $32 million
Box office $9,902,115

Whatever It Takes is a teen comedy starring Shane West, Marla Sokoloff, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, and James Franco. It was first released in America on 31 March 2000. The film is based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac.


Ryan (Shane West) is a bit of a geek with eyes for the school sex bomb, Ashley (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), which induces cringing in his neighbor and best friend, Maggie (Marla Sokoloff), a cute intellectual girl. But popular jock Chris (James Franco) has his eye on Maggie, and he offers to help Ryan win Ashley if Ryan will help Chris with Maggie. So begins a two-headed variation on Cyrano de Bergerac; Ryan composes soulful e-mails for Chris, and Chris advises Ryan to treat Ashley like dirt, which seems to be the only way to get her attention. At first, neither finds it easy to change their ways; Chris comes on too strong, and Ryan is too nervous to be a jerk. But as they start to succeed, Ryan begins to see Maggie in a new light and wonders if he's pursuing the right girl. He realizes Ashley is not meant for him, and tries to convince Maggie about Chris's affection for her. Maggie is reluctant to take him "back" at first, but then realizes Ryan has a change of heart.



Whatever It Takes was panned by critics and currently holds a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 67 reviews.

Box office[edit]

The film entered the North American box office at #6, making approximately US$4.1 million in its opening weekend.


Whatever It Takes was first released on DVD in North America in August 2000. It was released in Australia later that year, then released in the UK in 2001.

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