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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.

Director:

Penny Marshall

Writers:

Beverly D'Onofrio (book), Morgan Ward (screenplay) (as Morgan Upton Ward)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Beverly Donofrio
Steve Zahn ... Ray Hasek
Adam Garcia ... Jason
Brittany Murphy ... Fay Forrester
James Woods ... Mr. Leonard Donofrio
Lorraine Bracco ... Mrs. Teresa Donofrio
Rosie Perez ... Shirley Perro
Sara Gilbert ... Tina Barr
Peter Facinelli ... Tommy Butcher
Mika Boorem ... Beverly Donofrio - Age 11
Celine Marget Celine Marget ... Janet Donofrio - Age 8
Vincent Pastore ... Uncle Lou
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Aunt Ann
Alissa Dean ... Townie Girl #1
Jessica Leshnower Jessica Leshnower ... Townie Girl #2
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los chicos de mi vida See more »

Filming Locations:

New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Drew Barrymore, who plays Adam Garcia's mother, is two years younger than him in real life. See more »

Goofs

When Jason throws snowballs at the house, two snowballs are on Lizard's car in the close-up shots, but only one is there in wide shots. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: [to Ray] You say that you can't quit. I believe you. But if you stay and you ruin our lives, and you know that you will, then it's my fault. Do you want me to live that?
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References Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »

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Soldier Boy
Written by Florence Green and Luther Dixon
Performed by Brittany Murphy
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Very Interesting and Moving
30 October 2005 | by blueclouds1890See 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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