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Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 April 1999 (USA)
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A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.


Raja Gosnell
1,906 ( 387)
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Josie Geller
David Arquette ... Rob Geller
Michael Vartan ... Sam Coulson
Molly Shannon ... Anita
John C. Reilly ... Gus
Garry Marshall ... Rigfort
Sean Whalen ... Merkin
Cress Williams ... George
Octavia Spencer ... Cynthia (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Sarah DeVincentis Sarah DeVincentis ... Rhoda
Allen Covert ... Roger in Op-Ed
Armand Reiser Armand Reiser ... Dutton
David Doty David Doty ... Hairplug Bruns
Derek Morgan ... Armcast Henson (as Derrick Morgan)
Kathleen Marshall ... Sun-Times Worker


Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She's never been hip. Never been cool. Never been in... Until now See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Andrew Wilson, brother of Luke and Owen Wilson, appears as the security guard. He also appeard with Barrymore in Charlie's Angels (2000), Fever Pitch (2005) and Whip It! (2009). See more »


During a flashback to Josie's high school days, a student is shown pouring Sprite into her backpack. The can design shown is current and was nonexistent in the early '90s. See more »


Merkin: Hey, Merkin ain't jerkin', he's workin'.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits feature school photos of the cast and crew. See more »


References Carrie (1976) See more »


Here We Go
Written by Johan Renck (as Johan B. Renck) and Jonas Von Der Burg (as Jonas Von Der Burg)
Performed by Stakka Bo
Courtesy of Stockholm Records
Under License From Universal Music Special Markets
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Lovable Drew makes pathetic character watchable
28 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Josie Gellar (Drew Barrymore) is a Chicago Sun Times copy editor. She's a stiff perfectionist, and not aggressive enough to be a reporter. That is until the owner arbitrarily assigns Josie as an undercover high school student. Only she was a loser nerd in her high school years, and she returns as a loser nerd in her new undercover work. With the help of her younger drop-out brother Rob Geller (David Arquette), she gets a makeover and infiltrates the popular group.

She is scary nerdy and humiliating. It's really not funny unless we are supposed to laugh at her. Luckily for the movie, Drew Barrymore is impossibly lovable. She makes us love her no matter what, and makes this sad pathetic character somewhat watchable.

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Release Date:

9 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Been Kissed See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,836,707, 11 April 1999

Gross USA:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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