Boys on the Side

Goldberg's in her element here as Jane, a lesbian singer with attitude to spare who shares a cross-country drive first with Robin (Parker) and then with wild-child Holly (Barrymore). On the road, this female buddy-movie plays like a camper Thelma & Louise (rescued from her abusive boyfriend, Holly finds herself on the run when his corpse turns up on the front pages); it changes gears abruptly at the halfway mark, when Robin goes down with an AIDS-related illness. This tender, ticklish chicks' flick pushes a good many emotional buttons, but resists at least some of the easier options.

Release details

Duration: 117 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Herbert Ross
Screenwriter: Don Roos
Cast: Whoopi Goldberg
Mary-Louise Parker
Drew Barrymore
Matthew McConaughey
James Remar
Estelle Parsons
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