Boys on the Side (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Boys on the Side1995

Boys on the Side (1995)



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In the tradition of Fried Green Tomatoes, this touching drama focuses upon the relationships of three strong, independent women who come to love and need each other on the way to Southern California. The story begins in New York when Jane, a night club singer, chances to meet Jane, a tense real estate executive on a trip to souther CA. Jane's friend Holly joins them after she and her boyfriend the drug addict have a big fight. When Robin becomes terribly ill, the three must stop in Tucson where they set up a house. Jane, a lesbian, must come to grips with her romantic feelings toward the ailing Robin.

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Stan Egi
as Henry
Stephen Gevedon
as Johnny Figgis/Member of Jane's Band
Amy Ray
as Herself
Mimi Toro
as Carrie
Lori Alan
as Girl with Attitude
Mary Anne McGarry
as Dr. Newbauer
Danielle Shuman
as Young Robin
Julian Neil
as Nightclub Owner
Niecy Nash
as Woman at Diner
Ted Zerkowski
as Drug Buyer
Jill C. Klein
as Waitress
Cheryl A. Kelly
as Hotel Clerk
Adria Contreras
as Mary Todd (age 5 Months)
Malika Edwards
as Mary Todd (age 10 Months)
Pablo Espinosa
as New Mexico Policeman
Kevin LaPresle
as New Mexico Policeman
John F. Manfredonia
as Obstetrician
James Shuffield
as Gynecologist
Thomas Kevin Danaher
as Tuscon Policeman
Richard Loewll McDole
as Tuscon Policeman
Don Hewitt Sr.
as Tow Truck Driver
Andy Duppin
as Tow Truck Driver
Alan Mirikitami
as Member of Jane's Band
Joe Pyles
as Member of Jane's Band
Worthy Davis
as Member of Jane's Band
Josh Segal
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Breta La Von
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Patrice Jones
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Tito Larriva
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Gary Montemer
as Member of Indigo Girls' Band
Vernon Francisco
as Member of Desert Suns Band
Fidelis Manuel
as Member of Desert Suns Band
Sylvester Oliver
as Member of Desert Suns Band
Benedict Martinez
as Member of Desert Suns Band
New Kiva Motions Puppet Theater
as Day of the Dead Dancers/Puppeteers
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Critic Reviews for Boys on the Side

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

Honestly one of the most beautiful tributes to adult friendships between women that I've seen.

October 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

February 13, 2001 | Full Review…

Goldberg and Parker are extraordinary.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An engagingly acted, likable, fried green Thelma & Louise.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

It's decent mass consumption entertainment, but there's not much in the way of meat.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's an original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become like family.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Boys on the Side

This is a movie I have watched many times over the years and have owned in more than one format (VHS, laserdisc and now DVD... and frankly the transfer on the DVD is so crappy if it comes out on blu here, I am all over it!), so that gives you some idea how much I love it and how biased this review is going to be! As far as I am concerned, it is the perfect movie about female friendship... another one that leaves SATC in the pale (fun though those movies might be). Casting is perfect. I am far from a Whoopi Goldberg fan (she normally grates on me), but she is really good in this as Jane, a musician and lesbian who meets up with Robin (Mary-Louise Parker - just perfect here. I had never seen her in anything before this and I was drawn to her portrayal of the slightly dorky but beautiful Robin). Both are looking to leave town for various reasons and decide to car pool to California, though seemingly totally incompatible. Along the way they pick up Jane's friend Holly (Drew Barrymore - also a perfect role for her) who has got herself into a bit of a scrape with her dodgy boyfriend. The three get to know each other better, secrets come out and long lasting friendships are formed. The ending is incredibly sad and moves me to tears everytime without fail. I don't want to say more than that and ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen this. Even though the twist which leads to the end is revealed fairly early on in the movie, you do still kind of hope it will not happen as you just really can't wish any bad on this emotionally scarred character. I had not realised that Matthew McConaughey plays the policeman Holly falls in love with - I have not watched this movie in a few years, and I probably didn't really know who he was at the time. (Now of course he is in just about every chick flick going). He is pretty slimy here - both himself and the character, so I guess he suits it!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Don't remember much about this one.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

The Best and precious gift ever is laughter and the miracle of friendship.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

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