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Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Drama  |  19 October 2001 (USA)
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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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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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£671,549 (UK) (21 December 2001)
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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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Mrs. Teresa D'Onofrio: [cooing] Hello,beautiful baby.
[to the nurse]
Mrs. Teresa D'Onofrio: Is this not the most beautiful baby you've ever seen? I'm serious, is this not the most beautiful baby you've ever seen?
Nurse: To be honest, in a while yes.
Mrs. Teresa D'Onofrio: [to Leonard] Lets go see Bev.
Mr. Leonard Donofrio: No.
Mrs. Teresa D'Onofrio: She wants to see you Leo!
Mr. Leonard Donofrio: No.
[to Jason]
Mr. Leonard Donofrio: Look your mother is 16, your father is a moron, and they want us to celebrate. We know better. Just for the record, I'm on your side.
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Piece of my Heart
Written by Bert Berns (as Bert Berns) and Jerry Ragovoy
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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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