Whatever It Takes
Whatever It Takes (2000)

In this teen-oriented romantic comedy, Ryan Woodman (Shane West) is a socially inept high school senior whose idea of a good time is practicing his accordion, while Chris Campbell (James Franco) is a BMOC football star (and intellectual… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 24, 2000
DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
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Critic Score: 16% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Whatever It Takes is another run-of-the-mill teeny-bopper romance flick. Cliche jokes and a tired plot capture few laughs.

Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

What you're actually hearing is the sound of a really old coot preaching a very practised sermon.

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Robert Horton

The geeky sidekicks in Whatever It Takes are no better or worse than those in a dozen other teen movies of recent vintage, but they get the job done.

Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media

This is simply an assembly of cinematic cliches.

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Jay Carr
Boston Globe

The producers ... settle for the most obvious load of formula stuff in a numbingly cliched teen comedy pivoting on a lot of plastic angst over who'll take whom to the prom.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

If you saw a single John Hughes movie from the 1980s, you've already seen this territory covered with more style and insight.

Michael Dequina

Please, oh please, make these teen-targeted romantic comedies go away.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

What was that movie that finds humor in someone barfing on someone else? Give me a minute, it's on the tip of my tongue! Whatever It Takes.

Pamela Mitchell
Houston Chronicle

Lame script.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Whatever It Takes is one of the worst and most inept teen movies I've seen since last year's Jawbreaker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Bobby Hobbs
Whatever it takes is a basic teen chick-flick. It's predictable. Very easy to guess what will happen right at the start, but, it's fun to watch.… More
Leigh Ryan
So cute.
Rachel F
This is a great teen flick. Plus it has Shane West and James Franco who are both so hot.
Steven Vincent Gee
Cute teen flick is not too bad at all and has some pretty funny silly jokes at the beginning. Overcoming the predictable plot, some dialogue is very clever and… More
Megan S
I give this movie one star...but that hasn't stopped me from watching it on more than one occasion (on abc family or something like it).
Andrew Fillmore
It's not a good movie. Completely unrealistic about high school. It had a neat plot at the beginning, but then it got stupid.