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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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Beverly could've had it all. Instead, she had a son. 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:

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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Trivia

The wedding scene was shot over two days, which meant Brittany Murphy had to cry the entire time. The first take was used in the film. See more »

Goofs

When Bev's dad is shining the flashlight into the backseat of the car, from Faye's POV she is rolling over to her right. The POV from outside the car shows she is rolling over to her left. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: The only person that's even looked at me is my crazy Aunt Mildy who keeps calling me Agnes, which by the way is my dead cousin!
Aunt Mildy: Agnes!
Beverly: Hi, Mildy.
Aunt Mildy: [blows Bev a kiss] I love you!
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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Paraders of the Lost Float (2017) See more »

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Soldier Boy
Written by Florence Green and Luther Dixon
Performed by Brittany Murphy
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Real life is not a dream but hardship,pain and only sometimes filled with moments of happiness
21 November 2004 | by sorinpsgSee all my reviews

A great movie in my opinion,not the usual melodrama-stuff,as some might believe reading just the plot.

The story of Beverly and Ray could be that of anyone of us.

Their marriage enforced by her pregnancy and consequently due to unwritten rules of puritanism governing a small Connecticut community,brought together two rather unexperienced and immature teens. Her behaviour after giving birth to Jason,conflicts to a certain extent to that of a normal mother.But was she a normal mother? We need to understand her! This pregnancy linked her to a unwanted man and brought life unexpectedly to a child.It blocked her dreams of going to high school and college,so her behaviour is justified to a certain extent.

Two scenes,at the end,I consider as masterpieces.

First her meeting together with the grown-up son at Ray's house,after years of separation,finding there a still drug addicted person,physically and even mentally finished.Ray feels guilty for all pain inflicted to her,but the only thing he can do now is to sign that paper authorizing her to publish the story of their life.

Secondly the scene of Beverly and Josua reunited as mother and son for a short while,embracing near Ray's house,before going each one a separate way.Josua to his beloved,she calling her father to catch her up with the car and go to home of her parents.

The last scene is particularly moving,father and daughter driving home in the car,sing that lovely song "Dreams".This might be bout all the unfulfilled dreams of her life,or perhaps an illusion that all her hardships were nothing else than a dream.No dreams whatever,all she lived was true life.And this was a serene,nice end ,after so much drama unfolding in her life!


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