Whatever It Takes


Whatever It Takes

Critics Consensus

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



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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 lightweight) at the same school. Ryan is hopelessly in love with Ashley Grant (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), who is beautiful, popular, and entirely out of his league, while Chris has a serious crush on Maggie (Marla Sokoloff), a pretty but bookish friend of Ryan's. Chris and Ryan realize that they're in a position to help each other, and through a complicated arrangement of phone calls, e-mails, and double dates, they try to work out a system by which each guy will be with the girl of his dreams -- though things hardly turn out the way anyone expected. Produced under the title Got to Be You, Whatever It Takes also features Julia Sweeney and Colin Hanks.


Shane West
as Ryan Woodman
Marla Sokoloff
as Maggie Carter
Julia Sweeney
as Kate Woodman
James Franco
as Chris Campbell
Kip Pardue
as Harris
Richard Schiff
as P.E. Teacher
Kevin Ruf
as Security Guard
Erin Champaign
as Shower Girl
Rachel Zerko
as Shower Girl
Julie Garibaldi
as Stuck Up Girl
Chantal Abbey
as Swim Coach
Joe Gieb
as Octopus Ride Operator
Tyrone Granderson Jones
as Toothless Carnie
Mason Lucero
as Sweet Kid
Stan Sellars
as Teacher
Jeff Sanders
as Large Football Player
Marge Anderson
as Old Woman
Sam Menning
as Old Man
Nick Cannon
as Chess Club Kid
Rachel Kaber
as Miranda
Caroline Kindred
as Little Girl
Romy Rosemont
as Cosmo's Date
David Koechner
as Virgil Doolittle
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Critic Reviews for Whatever It Takes

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Audience Reviews for Whatever It Takes

  • Apr 25, 2009
    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. James Franco and Shane West are both insanly good with there roles, there's alot good looking girls, and the comedy side of it is not so bad either. Overall: It's worth watching and a fun flick. The actors/comedy saves it from being anything worse then average, but the predictable typical storyline keeps it from being any better then average. Check it out if you wanna just relax and watch a tyipcal teen-chick flick.
    Bobby H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2008
    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 the acting and directing are good. A few characters are interesting enough to hold attention and even get a few laughs. Many moments seem to be like <b>She's All That</b> too. A cute renter but do not put too much thought into it. Better than average coming-of-age fare. Overall good job but the ending is bad.
    Steven V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2008
    James Franco possibly made it worth the watch but I still wouldn't recommend it.
    Sunil J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2007
    Alexander C Super Reviewer

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