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BOYS AND GIRLS (2000)
Directed by Robert
Dimension Films. 94 minutes. Rated
The couple eventually become close friends while everyone else in
the world recognizes what they are perfect for each other, only to nearly
destroy the relationship when they finally succumb to long-ignored passions.
starts off on a startingly wrong foot, though. The characters meet on a
plane, he is 12 (and way too dorky to ever grow into Freddie Prinze, Jr.),
she is 13. Within a minute she has told him she is having her first period
and asking him if he has orgasms. (Strangely, Forlani seems to be playing
the Billy Crystal role of the worldly aggressive cynic while Prinze portrays
Meg Ryans uptight romantic.) Now, maybe they are trying to show Forlanis
character as a kooky free spirit, but this just would never, ever happen...
13-year-old girls do not say these things to strange boys.
They meet again
in high school, but the film really doesnt hit its stride until Jen and
Ryan become friends while attending U of Cal Berkeley.
Prinze and Forlani
make a cute couple and they both do a good job of drawing you into the
characters (the critics have also been, totally unfairly, savaging Forlani,
who does just fine in the role.) Boys & Girls will never win any
awards for originality, but it is still a very nice little romantic comedy.
In the end, thats more than enough. (6/00)
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