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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 USA:

$10,404,652, 21 October 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$30,165,536

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,743,308
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Beverly D'Onofrio: guests at Beverly's wedding, sitting directly behind Drew Barrymore. When Faye says, "I just wanted to say how beautiful Bev looks tonight," Barrymore turns to smile at the real D'Onofrio. See more »

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When Ray is drunk and Bev locks him out of the house Ray punches his hand through the glass to open the front door, however in the same shot you can see the backdoor is wide open. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: We're supposed to be a team right?
Jason - Age 8: No! You're supposed to be the mother, and I'm supposed to be the kid!
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References Rosemary's Baby (1968) See more »

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End of the World
Written by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee
Performed by Skeeter Davis
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If you want the depressing truth, read the book - otherwise a GREAT movie!
5 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

While not belaboring this entire string of comments, I was glad that a couple of people have already mentioned about getting the truth from the book, as opposed to this movie.

The movie itself is excellent and will keep you glued to your seat. Drew Barrymore did a phenomenal job in her portrayal of Beverly Donofrio, as Beverly is depicted in the film meaning how the storyline was written - and it is definitely a story, but an enjoyable one nevertheless.

I could barely find any similarities however between what took place in the movie and what actually happened to Beverly in real life. Had they produced the movie as the book was written, it would have been a much more intense drama with tons of sex, drugs and rock and roll, literally. Beverly Donofrio as depicted in the movie is nothing short of a Miss Goody Two Shoes compared to how Beverly actually was. But had the producers gone this route, it would have been very depressing to see.


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