Movie Reviews: Boys On The Side
   
 



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Plot:
      Three troubled woman leave the East coast to live together in Arizona.
Cast:
     Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, Drew Barrymore
Rating:
     R
Bottom Line:
     1/2

Coverage:

     I know what the director and screenplay writer of Boys On The Side had in mind with they made this movie. They wanted to make a sentimental tear-jerker, that would have the audience misty-eyed on the way out. Well, it worked. The audience was misty-eyed -- because they were holding a $6.50 ticket stub and didn't get anything for their hard-earned dollars.
     Boys On The Side is a poorman's Philadelphia. Whoopi Goldberg plays a gay woman in love with a straight woman (Mary-Louise Parker) who has Aids, and Drew Barrymore plays a battered woman who running away from her ill-tempered boyfriend.
     Now, I'm not going to give away the plot by saying that Parker dies of Aids, or that Goldberg confesses her love for Parker just before she dies, or that Barrymore's character is just around as a device to move the story along. No. You're not going to get that out of me. No, sir. I will say, however, the movie's marketing department showed a ton of advanced screenings, which is usually a clue that Hollywood doesn't have any confidence their product. Gee, I can't imagine why?

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