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Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Leonard Donofrio
Mrs. Teresa Donofrio
Shirley Perro
Tina Barr
Tommy Butcher
Celine Marget ...
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Maryann Urbano ...
Aunt Ann
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The story of a girl who did everything wrong, but got everything right. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los chicos de mi vida  »

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Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,404,652 (USA) (19 October 2001)


$29,781,453 (USA) (7 December 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Norman Reedus was considered for the role of Ray Hasek. See more »


When Bev shows Fay the ecstasy tablet, Bev puts a tie with red and gold stripes around her waist. When Jason falls into the pool and Bev leans over to grab him, the tie has has black stripes across the gold stripes. See more »


Beverly (Age 11): There on a wind-swept bluff, he stands waiting. The man of your dreams. The man that will love you more than anything else for the rest of your life.
Janet Donofrio - Age 8: Wow!
Beverly (Age 11): You run to each other. Your bodies, your lips, they're coming closer, and closer together, until finally, you kiss!
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References Bewitched (1964) See more »


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Very Interesting and Moving
30 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I cried all the way through the movie - the drama and plot were well developed and the surface plot was anything but shallow. Barrymore played a different role from her normal persona, but it was definitely a success for her. The movie is told mostly in flashbacks, and is a little confusing at first. As the plot continues things start to fit into place, and you can't stop watching the screen. Murphey definitely stuck out in this movie too. Her personality bubbled off the screen, and she brought what little humor there was to the movie. I wouldn't classify it as a comedy, but it is a movie that I'd want to see again and again. I recommend it to anyone who is in the mood for a good drama.

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