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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)
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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 Ordioni Celine Ordioni ... Janet Donofrio - Age 8 (as Celine Marget)
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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One day can make your life; one day can ruin your life. All life is is four or five big days that change everything. See more »


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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:

Riding in Cars with Boys 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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Trivia

Christina Ricci was considered for the role of Beverly D'Onofrio. See more »

Goofs

When Bev asks her husband to move to California, a red-shirted extra with a lunchbox walks across the street twice, in the same direction. See more »

Quotes

Raymond Hasek: Please marry me, Bev. Because I'm shit without you.
Beverly: Oh how romantic... a marriage proposal that contains the word "shit."
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Features The Andy Williams Show (1962) See more »

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One Fine Day
Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
Performed by The Chiffons
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Surprisingly Good 7/10
8 April 2002 | by The_WoodSee all my reviews

Riding in Cars with Boys is definitely a step into a new direction for actress Drew Barrymore. Drew, in her most difficult role to date, tries and succeeds through the majority of the movie. There are times when she goes a little out of bounds, and becomes outrageous -- but for the most part, she nails the part.

The film tells its story nicely, and has a strange and some-what heartbreaking ending. Steve Zahn is easily the high-point of this film. Zahn's character will be the one you think about the most when this film ends.

Riding in Cars with Boys works on enough levels to make it worth seeing.


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