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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.



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





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Beverly Donofrio
... Ray Hasek
... Jason
... Fay Forrester
... Mr. Leonard Donofrio
... Mrs. Teresa Donofrio
... Shirley Perro
... Tina Barr
... Tommy Butcher
... Beverly Donofrio - Age 11
Celine Marget ... Janet Donofrio - Age 8
... Uncle Lou
Maryann Urbano ... Aunt Ann
... Townie Girl #1
Jessica Leshnower ... Townie Girl #2


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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Beverly could've had it all. Instead, she had a son. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los chicos de mi vida  »

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Box Office


$48,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In her autobiography: My Mother Was Nuts, Penny Marshall explained she quit directing movies after this because her films were about heart, and after 9/11, studios did more action and violent movies and weren't interested in films 'with heart' anymore. See more »


When Faye is pushing Jason and Amelia on the swings, their swing positions change back and forth between moving in unison and going in opposite directions. See more »


Beverly (Age 11): For Christmas I'd like a bra, to enhance what I got, which is a lot more than that Melissa Thomas.
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Referenced in Less Than Perfect: Riding in Cars with Falafel (2004) See more »


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11 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

There are films made obviously with a female audience in mind which nevertheless are enjoyable for guys as well - take Bridget Jones Diary for example. This is not such a movie - its got girlie night in written all over it.

That doesn't mean its any good though. Its biggest problem is the fact that it doesn't seem to know whether its a comedy or a melodrama, and flits nervously between the genres. Drew Barrymore tries to flex her acting muscle, but sometimes she stretches it a little too far, and her crying / shouting / laughing fits begin to grate quickly. Her part spans 20 years, from the 15 years old pregnant girl with the dissappointed father up to the neurotic 35 year old mother. She's unlikeable in this role at every age.

The worst scenes are the ones between Barrymore and Adam Garcia. Although he plays her son (15 years younger)he's only two years her junior in real life, and frankly it shows to disconcerting effect. Its a good half hour too long, and the only thing really to the films credit is Steve Zahn, who as always steals the show.

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