Video Review

Whatever It Takes (2014)

MPAA Rating: R, PG-13

Details Movie Rateds: PG-13, R; Genre: Comedy; With: James Franco, Marla Sokoloff and Shane West; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Shakespeare and Austen having already been co-opted by teen comedies, it was only a matter of time before Edmond Rostand got a turn. And in the Cyrano de Bergerac variation Whatever It Takes, doltish BMOC James Franco and bookish nice guy West (TV's Once and Again) help each other woo cutie-pie Sokoloff and sexpot Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. Pleasant enough, though a bit bland and hackneyed, the comedy is worth a peek if only to see West crank out ''Play That Funky Music'' on the accordion. C+

Originally posted Aug 04, 2000 Published in issue #553 Aug 04, 2000 Order article reprints

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