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Never Been Kissed (1999)

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

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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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A Comedy With Class. See more »

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

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9 April 1999 (USA)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,836,707 (USA) (11 April 1999)

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$55,474,756 (USA)
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When Garry Marshall's character is speaking to his employees at the Chicago Sun-Times board room, he says, "I don't even know my own kids." His real life daughter, Kathleen Marshall, is sitting to his right when he's speaking. See more »

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The geography teacher refers to "the island nation of Bali". Bali is not a nation; it has been part of Indonesia since 1950. See more »

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Sam: Sorry I'm late. It took me forever to get here.
Josie Geller: I know what you mean.
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Spoofs Risky Business (1983) See more »

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Closer to Myself
Written by Ron Aniello and Kendall Payne
Performed by Kendall Payne
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A poor comedy, but a cute Barrymore romance
24 August 2010 | by (Ontario, Canada) – 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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