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
Leelee Sobieski was originally offered the role of Kristin but she opted to play the role of Aldys instead finding that character more interesting. See more »
When Josie is telling the gym teacher she needs water, her hands are on the teacher's shoulders. In the next shot (from the opposite direction), Josie's arms are slack. Then, in the next shot (from the original direction), Josie's hands are on the teacher's shoulders again. See more »
[talking about hopes and dreams]
... and I want to go to NorthWestern!
Oh my Gosh! I went there!
...To go to the bathroom once. They have really nice facilities.
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The closing credits feature school photos of the cast and crew. 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
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High School Do Over
Never Been Kissed gives Drew Barrymore the chance to do something that maybe 70% of us would like to do. Go back to high school and make some necessary corrections. Actually the first time for me was bad enough and at my age I doubt I could pull it off the way Drew does.
Of course the reason could also be that once we leave high school it's like leaving a cocoon and we have to deal with the great big unfriendly world out there. I've known a few in my life who would go back and stay if they could. In fact there is a Law and Order episode which explores the dark side of this same situation. A girl looking young enough to pull it off, goes through high school at least three times and kills the person who stumbles on her secret.
With Drew though it's an assignment. She's a copy editor for the Chicago Sun Times who yearns to be a reporter. Publisher Garry Marshall who plays the part like Donald Trump took over the Sun Times gets this brilliant idea and just sees in Barrymore a young enough looking person to pull off the masquerade.
High School the first time was bad enough. Drew was not the most popular then and she's not doing better the second time around. That is until brother David Arquette also goes back to school and helps her over the rough patches.
Of course this raises a whole lot of issues for Drew, peer pressure from two sources, job and school. What's a girl to do?
Never Been Kissed is a light and charming comedy which to its credit skips over the opportunity to be crassly exploitive and gives us some good entertainment. Drew is very funny and sweet and her performance in moments of stress for her character moves nicely into pathos. Michael Vartan as her English teacher is the kind I wish there were more of in the education field and Leelee Sobieski and Jessica Alba play a pair of the empty headed cool kids that Drew tries so desperately to hook up with.
Still it doesn't inspire me to return to Midwood High School.
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