Boys on the Side
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This emotion-filled story stars Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, and Drew Barrymore as three women from different walks of life who find comfort in each other through tragedy. Parker plays Robin, an HIV-positive real estate executive who meets Jane (Goldberg), a lesbian lounge singer on her way to the West Coast who needs a driver. Robin volunteers for the job, and along the way, they stop in Pittsburgh to visit her friend Holly (Barrymore), who is pregnant and abused by her boyfriend. In an attempt to save Holly, all three decide to head West together to begin a new life. But they get… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The three women are so spirited and funny -- so emotionally keyed into all the hearts and flowers -- that they give the movie their own kind of truth."
‑ Peter Rainer, Los Angeles Times
"An engagingly acted, likable, fried green Thelma & Louise."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"makes me cry every time"
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Meddles uneasily between comedy, romance and thrills"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"There's not much ... development."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
"The entire film feels like the result of a market study."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It's decent mass consumption entertainment, but there's not much in the way of meat."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A bit soapy, yes, but it's high quality soap."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Touching drama about some idiosyncratic people who must learn how to help and be helped by those who cherish them."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"There are some poignant moments that work, and an awful lot of attempts that fail."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Roos and Ross (and I promise never to put those names together again) are so busy jerking the audience from wacky to teary, and back again, they seem blithely unaware of the howling melodrama of it all."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's an original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become like family."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Total chick-flick -- but quite a bit better than it looks."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"One of those "chick flicks" that actually tries to wedge some sincerity into the equation."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"That rare creation, an emotional film that actually takes the time to develop characters, although it goes a bit overboard in its third act."
‑ Scott Renshaw,
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