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Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 April 1999 (USA)
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A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Sarah DeVincentis ...
Roger in Op-Ed
Armand Reiser ...
David Doty ...
Hairplug Bruns
Armcast Henson (as Derrick Morgan)
Sun-Times Worker


Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. Written by KGF Vissers

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 April 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jamás besada  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,836,707, 11 April 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jordan Ladd, who plays Gibby, is the daughter of Cheryl Ladd, who co-starred with Drew Barrymore in "Poison Ivy." See more »


Josie's weight fluctuates from scene to scene. This is especially noticeable when Josie goes to the senior prom where her face and body are suddenly much heavier. See more »


Sam: [Sees Anita outside the class room] Hi... are you here for the Sex Talk?
Anita Olesky: Ooo... I like a man who gets right to the point!
Sam: Are you Pam?
Anita Olesky: ...If you say so!
Sam: [Sam leads Anita into the room] Ok Class, this is Pam, she is going to lead us today in our Sex Talk.
Anita Olesky: I what! No, I what! H-Hi I'm P-Pam. Sex. Yes well Sex. What do you say about sex really. You like a guy... you do it with him... sometimes he calls, sometimes he doesn't
[she laughs]
Anita Olesky: Oooo.
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The closing credits feature school photos of the cast and crew. See more »


Referenced in Happy Endings: Party of Six (2012) See more »


Written by Todd Eckhardt, Steve Jackson, Tom Goodin
Performed by The Pietasters
Courtesy of Hellcat Records
By Arrangement With Ocean Park Music
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A poor comedy, but a cute Barrymore romance
24 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Josie has never been kissed, she was just an unpopular, ridiculed nerd in high school. But now Josie is 25, working for a newspaper when she gets a chance to go undercover and report on the high school scene. Drew Barrymore stars as Josie, and as usual, she is very cute and charming.

This movie is a comedy, but unfortunately, it's not very funny. They tried to show a clash with the differences between 80s and 90s teenagers, but they did it with very little thought. As a consequence, very little humour came through, mostly coming across as forced and superficial. They did a better job with the "losers" vs. "popular" clash, but that has been way over done in many movies.

Despite their poor attempts at comedy, the movie is saved by Barrymore's heart and the sweet romance. Michael Vartan plays Sam, a high school teacher, who sees all of Josie's potential. Some of which she has already reached, and for the rest, well, you'll just have to watch "Never Been Kissed".

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