Whatever It Takes

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A charming and hilarious romantic comedy about high school seniors ryan, chris, ashley and maggie, and the plan ryan and chris hatch to win ashley and maggie's hearts. Everyone gets a date by prom-time, but fate has the last laugh. Features: scene selections, interactive menus, production notes, and much more.


Studio Sony
SKU 40138434
UPC 043396052857
UPC 14 00043396052857
Format DVD
Release Date 6/1/2004
Rating Rating
Teenage Girls
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Loosely based on CYRANO DE BERGERAC, WHATEVER IT TAKES is a charming romantic comedy set in modern day high school. The film tells the tale of an uncool teenager, Ryan (Shane West), and a popular jock, Chris (James Franco), who team up to win the hearts of their dream girls (Marla Sokoloff and Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). Along the way, an endless barrage of comic situations adds flavor to the proceedings.
Plot Summary
Summary Ryan Woodman (West) is an accordion-playing high school senior with a longstanding crush on Ashley Grant (O'Keefe), the most popular girl in school, and a platonic friendship with Maggie (Sokoloff), his next-door neighbor. Maggie is one of the only girls in school that class stud Chris (Franco) hasn't won over, and he hopes to remedy that situation before graduation. Chris and Ryan agree to swap dating tips; Ryan will show Chris how to be the kind of sensitive, caring guy that will attract Maggie by volunteering at a retirement home and saying sensitive and poetic things. Meanwhile the seasoned Chris shows Ryan how to successfully hit on the beautiful but shallow and insecure Ashley. The two boys get closer to their goals, but by the time of the senior prom Ryan has realized that his true love was right next to him the whole time. But will his realization come too late to save Maggie from Chris's devious charms? A breezy teen comedy based loosely on the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, with the message that you should always be yourself.
David Hubbard
James Franco
Shane West
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Marla Sokoloff
Cast & Crew
James Franco - Star
Colin Hanks - Star
Aaron Paul - Star
Shane West - Star
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe - Star
Marla Sokoloff - Star
Christine Lakin - Star
Edward McAvoy - Costume Designer
Paul Schiff - Producer
Tim Suhrstedt - Director of Photography
Ronald Roose - Production Designer
Mark Schwahn - Screenwriter
Edward Shearmur - Composer
David Hubbard - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
Catalog ID 05285
UPC 00043396052857
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor West,Shane
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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