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Overall Rating

Awesome: 18.75%
Worth A Look: 4.17%
Average: 18.75%
Pretty Bad: 4.17%
Total Crap54.17%

2 reviews, 36 user ratings

Boys and Girls
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by EricDSnider

"Brace yourself for a shock: This Freddie Prinze Jr. movie sucks."
1 stars

The ads for "Boys and Girls" made it look like another raunchy teen sex comedy, leading people to wonder how it could possibly have escaped with a PG-13 rating.

Well, here's how: It's not a raunchy teen sex comedy. It's not raunchy, it's not about teens (they're college students), there's no sex, and -- this is the important one -- there's positively no comedy whatsoever. The commercials and theater trailers (which feature the tagline "Sex Changes Everything") are appallingly misleading -- outright lies, in fact, and infuriating ones.

But even if we disregard the film's dishonesty in trying to lure people in to see it, and judge it as if we had no preconceived notions, it's still a bland, lifeless, meandering horror. Freddie Prinze Jr., who cannot act and should stop trying, plays uptight Berkeley student Ryan. Over the course of his college career, he keeps running into Jennifer (Claire Forlani), who is much more carefree and spontaneous. They are clearly in love, but refuse to admit it, remaining friends instead, until one night when they accidentally have sex, which does change everything, though it doesn't make the movie any more interesting.

They have quasi-philosophical conversations, standing around saying absolutely nothing for 90 minutes, talking about relationships and men and women and blah blah blah, like a hellish mix between "Seinfeld" and "Waiting for Godot." The movie hardly even tries to be funny, and when it does, it doesn't work, coming across as vanilla-plain boring. There are long, awkward stretches of silence when the audience just sits and stares in disbelief that this is really happening. ("Do they realize the cameras are rolling?" is what I kept asking myself.) Even though Ryan and Jennifer have "opposite" personalities, Prinze and Forlani manage to still give them both no personalities whatsoever, he with his cement-slab face and post-pubescent squeak, she with her near-whine monotone. This is the movie that plays constantly in Rain Man's head.

Have I said enough? No. The characters are ill-defined (Ryan is a nerd at first, then mysteriously changes). Ryan's roommate, Hunter (Jason Biggs, last seen violating the title character in "American Pie"), is a pathological liar who eventually comes clean in a character arc that is completely out of left field.

It is Biggs, though, who provides the film's only two laughs, including one in which he convinces a girl at a bar that he used to be a monk up until that very day ("I turned in my robe and rosary beads, got my deposit back, and left").

You read that right. Two laughs. In the entire film. What a devastatingly, punishingly bad film, a dishonest crap-fest so devoid of insight, humor, characterization or plot that it hardly even earns the right to be called a movie.

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User Comments

1/13/09 Anonymous. just a normal okay chick-flick. 3 stars
6/16/04 1 2 1 stars
3/21/04 meaghan i loved the sex 5 stars
5/31/03 mee great 5 stars
8/13/02 blakers i loved it 5 stars
4/09/02 Vitality1 You think it had a bad plot? I didn't even realize it had one!! Bad bad movie!! 1 stars
2/12/02 Meredith Harshaw Supermodels are a gas, Forlani's a pain in the same place. 3 stars
1/27/02 Andrew Carden Just Terrible. Bad Plot, Bad Acting, Bad Screenplay, Bad Actresses, Bad Setting, Just Bad. 1 stars
10/31/01 Boy Dumb, cliched, unoriginal, and leads are terrible actors. But Amanda her here 4 stars
6/16/01 Rampage Everyone I knew who liked this movie was an jerk. minsky is the latest example. 1 stars
6/02/01 Thrillhouse good idea, but it all goes down to bollocks at the end, avoid this, save your money. 1 stars
5/09/01 minsky i thought that it was rea lly good 5 stars
4/16/01 John Lyons Good movie just to sit back and enjoy. 5 stars
11/19/00 The Bomb 69 weird shit, how about the girls' pad in San Fran, totally unrealistic!!! 2 stars
10/05/00 Jacques Strap piece of trash says it all 1 stars
9/27/00 Joan Conrad Great !!!! 4 stars
9/17/00 JAKE Jason and freddie are soo hot... but it didnt help their acting 1 stars
9/12/00 Ground Zero absolute stupidity 1 stars
8/26/00 Stuntman what a crock of shit, this movie is for babies 1 stars
7/24/00 Heather This was one of the worst movies ive ever seen 1 stars
7/20/00 Conor this movie blowed so much dick that even my girl told me i could pick the next flick we see 1 stars
7/19/00 sputnik great movie 5 stars
7/18/00 Digitalus Ass-kick that Freddie Prinze Jr.! Oh, and all teen movies suck slag! 1 stars
6/27/00 hamlet3k Jesus, what a crock o' potty shit. Jason Biggs in ANOTHER teen titty flick (sans titties.) 1 stars
6/27/00 Sir Really good goes perfectly together 5 stars
6/26/00 Annoying Self-Involved Teen Loser I love teen movies but this one blows my ass. Acting is so in-your-face bad it's startling 1 stars
6/26/00 Bubby The Year's Best.... at making you wanna puke! 1 stars
6/24/00 "Persnickety" ok question, could this movie possibly rip "When Harry Met Sally" off any more?-what shit! 1 stars
6/24/00 Piz Biggs steals the show, good date flick. It's got "renter" written all over it. 3 stars
6/24/00 WeirdArchives It's official! The Teen Romance Genre is dead, dead, DEAD!!!!!! 1 stars
6/20/00 Cheeseboy This movie fucking SUCKS!!!!! Worst comedy EVER! 1 stars
6/20/00 Ann Sucked majorly 1 stars
6/18/00 Gavin Moore The most piss poor acting I have ever seen. I had to get up and leave. 1 stars
6/18/00 Sir FUNNY 5 stars
6/17/00 William McNeal Lousy writing - no effort at all. And Claire Forlani totally sucks. But Jason Biggs is cool 2 stars
6/12/00 Joel Harwood Excellent 5 stars
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