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BOYS AND GIRLS

SYNOPSIS:
At age 12, Ryan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) meets Jennifer (Claire Forlani) on a flight. Four years later their paths cross again in high school. Soon they're both attending the same college. The solid and dependable Ryan is both attracted to and put off by the flighty Jennifer and her string of failed relationships. But Ryan himself is hardly a winner in the game of love. The two become firm friends - but will it lead to something more?

"I'm a forgiving kind of guy. I can forgive excessive talkiness, slow pacing and even poor acting in a film if it has other redeeming features. But I'm sorry to say Boys & Girls doesn't have any redeeming features. The story is not only pointless but, in many ways, just plain ludicrous. Neither of the lead characters is particularly likeable, so there's really no interest in the main storyline - whether they'll get together or not. Prinze's character Ryan is a wimpy geek with bad hair and an annoying habit of repeating his words. Jennifer is meant to be a free spirit; but comes across as a spoilt little rich girl. This isn't helped by Forlani's performance which seems to rely entirely on delivering her lines in a breathy but curiously high-pitched tone. Prinze tries desperately to turn on the charm, but in the end even he seems to give up. For what's clearly meant to be a teen flick, Boys & Girls makes the cardinal sin of being boring. For a film that's so lacking in substance, this is inexcusable. There are huge slabs of the film where nothing happens; punctuated by long and (supposedly) meaningful conversations. I guess these are meant to be some kind of deep contemplation on the human condition. But they come across as little more than time consuming, pseudo-intellectual prattle. Too light to be a drama and too dull to be a comedy, Girls & Boys is a dreary and forgettable exercise in undergraduate angst."
David Edwards

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

BOYS AND GIRLS (M15+)
(US)

CAST: Frenddie Prinze Jr, Claire Forlani, Jason Biggs, Amanda Detmer, Alyson Hannigan, Monica Arnold

DIRECTOR: Robert Iscove

PRODUCER: Jay Cohen, Lee Gottsegen, Murray Schisgal

SCRIPT: The Drews

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Ralph Bode, A.S.C.

EDITOR: Casey O'Rohrs

MUSIC: Stewart Copeland

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Marcia Hinds-Johnson

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes


AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 9, 2000







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