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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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boy | writer | college | new york | party | See more »

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Beverly could've had it all. Instead, she had a son. 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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Box Office

Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£237,279 (UK) (7 December 2001)

Gross:

£671,549 (UK) (21 December 2001)
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Trivia

The real life Beverly D'Onofrio has a master's degree in creative writing. Drew Barrymore, who portrays D'Onofrio in the film, is a high school dropout. See more »

Goofs

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

Fay: Okay, pretend that I'm your parents, say what your gonna say.
Beverly: Okay, Mom, Pop?
Fay: Yeah?
Beverly: I don't know how to say this...
Fay: But...
Beverly: I'm pregnant.
Fay: My daughter's a tramp! My daughter's a tramp! You're 15 years old, how could you do this to me? Why don't you just take my gun. Take my gun and shoot me in the head with it tramp! I wish that you were never born! How was that?
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Referenced in Gossip Girl: Riding in Town Cars with Boys (2011) See more »

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Piece Of My Heart
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Funny, touching, and full of the spark of life
14 March 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I put off watching this for a long while, until well after its release on video, because of the very mixed reviews it got and the perception that the content was drab and potentially preachy. Well I was wrong. This is an excellent movie, well worth the expenditure of two hours of anyone's time (well... unless maybe you've only got 24 hours to live, or something). Although the subject matter may sound dour, and certainly does deal with "kitchen sink" issues which can strangle the human spirit without even allowing it the luxury of looking heroic as it succumbs... still the film is about life, not about defeat, and the characters never lose an inner spark and humanity which makes us care about them, and like, or even love them by the time the movie finishes. It's funny and moving... and in a way which seems to have more to do with the way life is funny and moving than with movie conventions.


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