Considered by many as a chick flick, this romping trip across America is a little more than that. Give them a thumbs up for delving into AIDS, homosexuality, promiscuity, domestic violence, friendship, companionship and family values.
Whoopi Goldberg, Mary-Louise Parker, and Drew Barrymore hook up and start their travel to brighter and happier times. Little do they know, Parker is stricken with AIDS and well on her way to dying. Goldberg is the fiesty lesbian that takes a shine to Parker and wants to protect her. Barrymore as usual is the fun-loving, pregnant party girl, with just a touch of tenderness.
After a brief stop in NY (?) or some city east, with a little break up and fight scene and a lot of problems, the girls head out in their car to the west coast. Ending up in the desert in a little town in New Mexico the girls move into a house to wait for Parker to die (not that harsh, just explanation).
In walks Matthew McConaughey with his eye on Barrymore and he doesn't want to hear her problem, he really doesn't care because he just wants to be with her. Of course, being the law enforcement officer he is, he must turn her in for her little problem she had back in NY (?) with the boyfriend and the beating he received.
A nice story, not pretentious or glorified and probably not well received but there are a lot of underlying feelings involved. Some really touching scenes between Parker and Goldberg and as usual a lot of fun with Barrymore. Some good rocking music and maybe you can forgive the girls for singing in the car - ha ha .... And frankly, I just liked the darn title of the film!
Pros: Great performances, adorable Drew Barrymore Cons: Nothing really. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I have to admit that the only reason I originally recorded and then subsequently watched Boys on the Side (1995) was to see the ever bubbly and irrepressibly cute Drew Barrymore in action once again. So it is surprising that I actually ended up liking the film about a road trip (New York, NY to Arizona) by … more
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.