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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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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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Budget:

$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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 »

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When Bev changes baby Jason's diaper, the object he holds changes from a bottle of baby powder to a toy phone. See more »

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[last lines]
Beverly: Jason blames me for every horrible thing that happened in his life. Can you imagine?
Mr. Leonard Donofrio: [slowly begins humming then singing]
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Features The Andy Williams Show (1962) See more »

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Ferry 'cross The Mersey
Written by Gerry Marsden (as Gerrard Marsden)
Directed by John Scott as Johnny Scott
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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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