Three mismatched women--an African American lesbian (Whoopi Goldberg), an uptight AIDS sufferer (Mary Louise Parker), and a flirty young pot smoker (Drew Barrymore)--travel across the country together in this alternately funny and moving road dramedy. The women endure love and loss as they make a home for one another in Arizona and realize the strength and power of their friendship.
Ken Adam - British production designer, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE/IN & OUT
Drew Barrymore - American actress and producer
Anita Gillette - Actress - The Summer of Ben Tyler
Dennis Boutsikaris - American TV/Film Actor
David Newman - Composer, SERENITY (2005)
Mary-Louise Parker - Actress
Mary Louise Parker - Actress
Estelle Parsons - American Actress/TV Writer
James Remar - American character actor
Arnon Milchan - Producer
Whoopi Goldberg - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
Caryn Johnson - Oscar-winning actress/comedian, GHOST
Matthew McConaughey - American actor, SAHARA, FOOL'S GOLD
Gloria Gresham - Costume Designer, AUTHOR! AUTHOR! (1982)
Herbert Ross - Director/Producer/Choreo.
Billy Wirth - Actor/"War Party"
Gedde Watanabe - American Actor
Jon Seda - Actor, SELENA
Donald E. Thorin
BOYS ON THE SIDE is a simultaneously funny and moving drama of self-discovery. Three very different women find themselves together at individual crossroads in their lives. When Jane (Whoopi Goldberg) a street-smart New York lesbian, answers an ad to drive across the country, she meets Robin (Mary-Louise Parker), a prim and proper real-estate agent desperate to flee the city. The seemingly opposite pair embarks on a road trip together, concealing truths about one another: Robin is suffering from AIDS in silence, and Jane hides her homosexuality. Along the way they stop in Pittsburgh to visit Jane's friend Holly (Drew Barrymore). Holly is involved in an abusive relationship with her junkie boyfriend Nick, and when Jane attempts to take Holly with her, Nick violently intervenes. When Robin hears all the commotion, she miraculously saves the day by calming Nick down, then binding him to a chair while Holly packs her bags. However, as the three women travel west, Jane spies Nick's photograph in a newspaper--in an obituary. The trio decides to continue the journey, finding strength in one another's friendship. Director Herb Ross's touching film examines the bonds these women form as they endure heartache and love together in spite of their differences.
The bar band in Tucson, where Jane plays keyboards, is real-life singing sensation the Indigo Girls. "I am not going over a cliff for you two."--Jane (Whoopi Goldberg) to her friends, in a sly reference to the feminist road-trip movie THELMA AND LOUISE "She's holding you back, man. Everyone says it. She's like Yoko with bangs."--Jane to bandmate
"...Parker is moving..." - 02/03/1995 USA Today, p.4D
"...Lush, weepy..." - 02/10/1995 Entertainment Weekly, pp.40-1
"Boasting tour-de-force performances by its three leads....Barrymore's an absolute hoot..." - 01/23/1995 Variety
"...[The actresses are] so sharp, funny and wholehearted that this film creates an unexpected groundswell of real emotion..." - 02/03/1995 New York Times, p.C3
"...Actors relish this sort of thing, and the leads give strong, well-rounded, Oscar-friendly performances..." - 05/01/1995 Sight and Sound, p.39
"...The [actresses] are so spirited and funny -- so emotionally keyed into al the hearts and flowers -- that they give the movie their own kind of truth..." - 02/03/1995 Los Angeles Times, p.F1
"...It is original, and what it does best is show how strangers can become friends, and friends can become family..." - 02/03/1995 Chicago Sun-Times, p.35