Boys and Girls
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has occasional mild sexually themed language, and some cursing. Most characters spend more time drinking than studying. Ryan cheats on his girlfriend. Hunter lies throughout and encourages Ryan to deceive Amy (Jennifer's roommate). Hunter makes disparaging comments about the elderly. Provocative dancing. Lots of talk about sex, including mentions of orgasms. Amy, in a moment of sexual confusion, kisses Jennifer. Jennifer and Ryan kiss and undress each other before sex (little is shown). Hunter and Amy have sex. Hunter has a sexual fantasy. A football player goes after a costumed mascot with a lance.
What's the story?
Spanning four years, BOYS AND GIRLS follows the changing relationships of a group of college friends. Ryan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) is serious about school, while his childhood friend Jennifer (Claire Forlani) takes advantage of living away from her parents by turning into a party animal. They couldn't be more different, but Ryan and Jennifer find themselves turning to each other when their other relationships fail. Meanwhile, Ryan's insecure roommate Hunter (Jason Biggs) lies about everything in his attempt to attract girls, including his name (it's actually Steve). He pretends to be a priest at one point and even dons an ill-fitting leotard to meet girls at ballet class.
Is it any good?
Robert Iscove, who directed She's All That, must have been asked to make another movie exactly like it. His use of Freddie Prinze, Jr. and the lovers-from-different-worlds story are obvious repeats, and the movie's bizarre, choreographed dance scene seems to be recycled from She's All That's prom scene.
One of the movie's biggest problems is the miscasting of British actress Claire Forlani, who seems uncomfortable playing a free-spirited American college student and too old for the role. Similarly, Prinze isn't quite convincing as the uptight Ryan, and he's not convincing as a nerd. American Pie's Jason Biggs steals the show with his portrayal of Hunter.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether they think this film realistically depicts college life. In general, how does the media portray college and young adults? Also, what do you think about Hunter's lying in order to attract women? Why do you think he resorted to that tactic?