Boys on the Side

Released 1995


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Herbert Ross
Boys on the Side is a film from 1995 starring Whoopi Goldberg as Jane, a lesbian who is headed on a cross-country road trip after a breakup along with Holly (Drew Barrymore) and Robin (Mary-Louise Parker). Robin places an ad for traveling companions, and Jane responds, agreeing to accompany her. On their way out of New York, they travel through Pittsburgh, where Holly, who is a friend of Jane’s, joins them for lunch. They find Holly, in a fight with her abusive boyfriend Nick, who goes after Jane. Holly hits Nick in the head and they leave him tied to a chair. Their journey turns out to be an experience that bonds the three of them in a friendship that helps them to cope with difficult times. They land in Tuscon, hoping to start a new life, but find that it won’t be that simple. Holly learns that she is pregnant and that the blow she dealt Nick was fatal, and the relationship between Jane and Robin becomes more complicated. They deal with crime, HIV, and salvaging as much of a fresh start as possible, but after their journey together, they stand by each other through all of it.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety Brian Lowry

    Yet even with those slightly different chords, Ross manages to pluck the right heartstrings, in the process delivering a grade-A tear-jerker.

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    What matters more is that Ms. Goldberg, along with her co-stars Mary-Louise Parker and Drew Barrymore, is so sharp, funny and wholehearted that this film creates an unexpected grou...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Peter Rainer

    It's so shamelessly obliging that just about every audience of whatever stripe will find something to like in it at least some of the time. It's a confoundingly enjoyable movie bec...

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