By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Updated November 02, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
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Based on the real-life I-was-a-teen-mom memoir by Beverly Donofrio but sweetened excessively in the translation, Riding in Cars with Boys stars Drew Barrymore as a 1960s teenager whose unplanned pregnancy at the age of 15 becomes the defining event of her hard-knock life; Steve Zahn is the baby’s dropout father, who becomes a junkie. Director Penny Marshall regularly downshifts the anger to low-gear cute every time the road gets tough, letting the younger actors who play Bev’s son grin and mug and all but yodel.

Riding in Cars with Boys

type
  • Movie
mpaa
  • PG-13
runtime
  • 132 minutes
director
  • Penny Marshall

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