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Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

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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One day can make your life; one day can ruin your life. All life is is four or five big days that change everything. 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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Los chicos de mi vida  »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$29,781,453 (USA) (7 December 2001)
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The song when Bev is attempting to throw herself down the stairs is the same song that Brittany Murphy plays when she kills herself in Girl Interrupted". "End of the World" by Skeeter Davis. See more »

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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 »

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Beverly: I swear, I haven't smiled in like a month. Your mom taking the kids to the movies was a great idea. Hey, shut the door.
Fay: Okay.
[see's Jason and Amelia roughhousing]
Fay: You play nice, kids.
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References Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) See more »

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Dominick the Donkey
Written by Wandra Merrell, Ray Allen and Sam Saltzberg
Performed by Lou Monte
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Surprisingly Good 7/10
8 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Riding in Cars with Boys is definitely a step into a new direction for actress Drew Barrymore. Drew, in her most difficult role to date, tries and succeeds through the majority of the movie. There are times when she goes a little out of bounds, and becomes outrageous -- but for the most part, she nails the part.

The film tells its story nicely, and has a strange and some-what heartbreaking ending. Steve Zahn is easily the high-point of this film. Zahn's character will be the one you think about the most when this film ends.

Riding in Cars with Boys works on enough levels to make it worth seeing.


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