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Awesome: 8.51%
Worth A Look: 10.64%
Average: 31.91%
Pretty Bad: 2.13%
Total Crap46.81%

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Whatever It Takes
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Nothing is more descriptive than just plain awful."
1 stars

And just when you thought teen movies couldn’t get any more generic, any more pitiful, any more pathetic, and any more horny, along comes Whatever It Takes. I can’t exactly say I had high hopes for the movie, but after interviewing the star last year, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (from She’s All That), I couldn’t help but hope for her sake that it would be good, or at least mildly entertaining. Stupid me. My brain couldn’t have been more numbed over.

I admit, no where did I ever see the possibility that Varsity Blues would gross over $50 million dollars, but I do not detract that it was a derogatory, insipid and asinine movie. I can only guess that it’s because teens don’t realize that it’s them that are being made fun of. But if you can’t see the plastic, demeaning and plain awfulness of Whatever It Takes, I don’t know what to do.

This drivel centers around four high schoolers, of which the actors who portray them are so obviously past their teenage days. Set somewhere in some posh and lush big city, Ryan (Shane West) and Maggie (Marla Sokoloff) are next door neighbors and childhood buddies. They’re in love with each other and belong together, only they won’t notice that until the end of the movie. It’s nothing more than the usual pathetic fallacy of the genre; there’s absolutely no variation in the plot. But for the moment, Ryan’s got the hots for Ashley Grant (O’Keefe), the most popular and most sexy girl in school. So naturally Ryan’s invisible to her, so he makes a deal with her cousin Chris (James Franco), that if he would hook Chris up with Maggie, Chris would do the same for him with Ashley. Whereas Maggie is prone to compliments and flattery, Ashley is masochistically drawn to being put down. However, Ryan quickly becomes bored with the over-sexed Ashley, and only then realizes his desire for Maggie, who is now sprung on Chris. What Ryan sees that Maggie doesn’t is that all Chris wants is to “nail her and bail.” Of course by the end it’s a fairy tale ending, but everything along the way is a toll-taking hell. It’s like taking a blender to some good teen flicks like She’s All That, 10 Things I Hate About You, Never Been Kissed, Can’t Hardly Wait, and tons of others, many more generic, many more offal. American Pie was a funny sex/teen comedy, but in addition to the sight gags, it was funny because of a clever script, the situations presented, and the fact that both the male and female sides were equally represented. Whatever It Takes has the females braindead and like their all in heat, while the guys are split between being gods and jerks. They’re equally as horny and just as stupid. Sex doesn’t go unmentioned for more than two minutes at a time, but never once is there even a mention of college. And like usual, there was a dearth parent or adult characters --it’s as if these kids are free to frolic around 24/7.

Aside from the fact that the actors did not match the teen age range, they were mostly bleakly passable, but the belittling, pathetic and petty caricature of O’Keefe could have been no more offensive. She’s talented and can be funny, but the level she lowers herself to in this movie is unsettling. I understand the objective of getting that paycheck, but if she couldn’t see how scummy this was on the page, I gave her more credit for brains than I should have. Where’s Kevin Williamson when you need him?

Final Verdict: F

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User Comments

10/16/04 MC Bad Marla Sokoloff RULES in all her movies! Shes hotter than hell and a great actor! 5 stars
4/25/04 h t porter it needs a lot more christine lakin , a lot more 4 stars
6/30/03 Jake I sorta liked this, what does it appeal to though? Anythings better than Kevin Williamson! 3 stars
8/12/02 blakers a great film 5 stars
7/29/02 Frances i hate jodi and marla, they suck. so does this movie. 3 stars
4/03/02 Priscilla Postlethwaite Jodi Lyn O'Keefe has untapped potential; at least not soill-used here as in She's All Tht 4 stars
7/22/01 Jeanne Scott For the plausable teen story, it was very well done. 4 stars
5/10/01 Jess Harrison it's a bit like shes all that but its cool 4 stars
11/19/00 Sir toss a lot Marla Sokoloff is the most stuck up looking bitch.She thinks shes beter than the human race 2 stars
9/12/00 Ground Zero horrible, stupid, and insulting 1 stars
8/26/00 Stuntman freakin' shit 1 stars
8/19/00 spunkmirej It's a cute story line. Worth a look 3 stars
7/30/00 Digitalus I like Jodi Lyn O'Keefe in Nash Bridges, but this movie tottaly blows! 1 stars
7/19/00 Mr J M HARWOOD SICK 5 stars
5/30/00 Elvisfan I laughed once and was bored the rest of the time & its a cheap ripoff & it bites 1 stars
5/01/00 Cheeseboy This movie SUCKS!!!!! This is a crappy version of American Pie 1 stars
4/26/00 Pansy Can I give it 0 stars? It was that boring. 1 stars
4/23/00 Bob There is only one way to describe this movie. IT SUCKS ASS!!!!!! 1 stars
4/13/00 Sherry come on it wasn't that bad!! It was predictable but still cute. 4 stars
4/09/00 EMagGaRony don't ever see this movie.. a waste of time and money 1 stars
4/08/00 burdenit Fucking Shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
4/04/00 Mr. Kramitall boring, boring, boring... 1 stars
4/01/00 apet sucks, sucks, and sucks, if there was less than one star this film would get it 1 stars
3/28/00 shawkin Could only stand to watch 15 minutes. Had to wait in line to get out of the theater. 1 stars
3/27/00 Lame-Oh stupidier than that pathetic Down to You flick 1 stars
3/25/00 "Persnickety "Jenn this movie is the suckies piece of shit i have ever actually seen on the big screen, SHIT!! 1 stars
3/23/00 Chuck what can i say? it sucks. 1 stars
3/18/00 ong-3 "Tasteless, predictable, worthless." 1 stars
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  31-Mar-2000 (PG-13)


  13-Jul-2000 (M)

Directed by
  David Hubbard

Written by
  Mark Schwahn

  Shane West
  Aaron Paul
  Colin Hanks
  Christine Lakin
  Marla Sokoloff
  Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

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