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A single mother, with dreams of becoming a writer, has a son at the age of 15 in 1965, and goes through a failed marriage with the drug-addicted father.

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Seriocomic story based on the memoir by Beverly Donofrio, the movie follows a young woman who finds her life radically altered by an event from her teen years. Born in 1950, Beverly grew up bright and ambitious in a working-class neighborhood in Connecticut; her father was a tough but good-hearted cop who listened to his daughter's problems, and her mother was a nervous woman eager to imagine the worst. From an early age, Beverly displays a keen intelligence and an interest in literature, and dreams of going to college in New York and becoming a writer. However, she also develops an early interest in boys, and at 15 finds herself madly in love with a boy from her high school. However, an attempt to get his attention leads to an embarassing incident at a party, and Ray, a sweet but thick-headed 18-year-old, steps forward to defend her. Beverly and Ray end up making out, and after one thing leads to another, Beverly discovers she's pregnant. Telling Ray is only marginally less difficult... Written by Anonymous

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The story of a girl who did everything wrong, but got everything right. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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19 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£237,279 (UK) (7 December 2001)

Gross:

£671,549 (UK) (21 December 2001)
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To date, this is the last theatrical film Penny Marshall has directed. She has directed episodes of several TV shows since. See more »

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When Faye is pushing Jason and Amelia on the swings, their swing positions change back and forth between moving in unison and going in opposite directions. See more »

Quotes

Jason - Age 8: I'm the only kid I know that has to cook dinner!
Beverly: Well, I'm the only mom I know with shoes that talk to people!
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I never get tired of watching this movie
21 March 2003 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

I have seen this movie more times than I can count! Whenever it is on cable, I watch it and I have purchase the CD as well. As an only child of a single mother, I can relate to what Jason felt as a child. As an adult now, I can relate to the challenges that Beverly must have faced. Drew Barrymore is amazing and believable. The actors who played Jason at various points in his life added so much comedy to the movie. Some of my favorite scenes are with Drew and the real-life brothers who portrayed 4 and 7-year old Jason. I admire Drew so much for putting her heart and soul into this movie--a real movie that explores the sometimes complex relationship between children and their mothers.


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