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Riding in Cars with Boys

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Drew Barrymore, Brittany Murphy, ...

Riding in Cars with Boys

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
132 minutes
Wide Release Date:
10/19/01
performer:
Drew Barrymore, Lorraine Bracco, James Woods, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Sara Gilbert, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brittany Murphy, Vincent Pastore
director:
Penny Marshall
distributor:
Columbia Pictures
author:
Morgan Upton Ward
genre:
Drama, Comedy

We gave it a C+

In Riding in Cars with Boys, fifteen-year-old Bev (an age stretch, even for the youthful Barrymore) watches her life plans stall in small-town ’60s Connecticut after she gets pregnant and marries the baby’s sweet but no-good father (the impressive Zahn). As an unlikable character who openly and vocally blames her son for most of her problems, Barrymore never truly commits to the role, and instead tries to sell her character as charming without support from the therapy-speak script — which makes her, and director Penny Marshall’s version of Beverly Donofrio’s touching memoir, even harder to buy.