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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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Mr. Leonard Donofrio
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Shirley Perro
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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This is the 2nd time James Woods and Drew Barrymore have appeared together on screen... The first was Stephen Kings Cats Eye. James Woods appears in the first sequence, Quitters, Inc. His character is attempting to quit smoking, facing harsh punishment if he cheats and she is his daughter. She is the "ghostly" character that guides the cat through all 3 tales to get him to her to protect her in the last sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Jason throws snowballs at the house, two snowballs are on Lizard's car in the close-up shots, but only one is there in wide shots. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: You want my permission to use a small amount of heroine forever?
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Referenced in Difficult People: High Alert (2016) See more »

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Written by Junior Walker (as Autry Dewalt)
Performed by Jr. Walker and the All Stars (as Junior Walker & the All-Stars)
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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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