Never Been Kissed (1999)



Critic Consensus: Unoriginal and unremarkable high school satire adds little to the genre.

Movie Info

Many people wish they could go back to high school, knowing what they know as an adult; Josie Geller gets the chance to do just that in the comedy Never Been Kissed. Josie (played by Drew Barrymore) is a 25-year-old copy editor at a newspaper in Chicago. But it's her youthful looks as much as her journalistic skills that finally win her a writing assignment: she's ordered to enroll in high school posing as a teenager for a story on the state of America's youth. Trouble is, Josie was a hopeless … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sex-related material and some drug content)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2002
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as Sun Times Worker

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Critic Reviews for Never Been Kissed

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (27)

Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.

Full Review… | August 7, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The most exhilarating American movie I have seen this year -- which isn't saying much.

Full Review… | April 27, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Barrymore again displays her remarkable ability to get the audience rooting for her singular blend of vulnerability and sunny optimism.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Drew Barrymore has been well cast as someone who doesn't act her age.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Relatively inoffensive and relentlessly mediocre.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

While Never Been Kissed belongs heart and soul to Barrymore, Sobieski's natural poise and assurance reminds us that her own prime time is not so very far away.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Never Been Kissed

I love Drew in these rom coms. She plays a geeky girl who goes back to high school as an undercover reporter.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

This is a movie I loved when I was younger, but as I got older it got more ridiculous and less funny. It has a story that has been used in other films, but Barrymore gives it a fresh, cute feel, and it has heart too, so I still like it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Rob Geller: Wow, that was just like "Carrie"! I thought she was gonna kill us all.†

"A Comedy With Class"

Never Been Kissed is one of the sorriest excuses for a movie I have seen. It's so annoyingly joyful. It's basically one huge delusion. Hey, I can go back to high school where I never really fit in, and have a second chance. Oh, look now I'm the most popular girl in school and all the boys want to tickle my belly button from the inside(obvious Youth in Revolt allusion). But I'm still the girl I was when no one liked me. I still have a great modesty about me that I'll give up my reign on top for a fellow nerd in need. And you know what? I'll still get the guy. Give me a fucking break. Could this movie be anymore predictable and dull? Answer: Probably, but not much more.

The movie is extremely flawed in a variety of ways; some don't even pertain to the travesty they kill this plot. Their high school research was awful. These characters didn't feel like real high school students to me in the way good high school movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused did. It feels more like their not even using cliche, but just the cliches, cliches. I know that makes no sense at all, but it is the only way to describe this film. Here's the plot. A copy editor get assigned to go undercover at a high school posing as a teenager, and find a story. When the story involves her getting in good with the cool kids, her brother comes along for the ride also posing as a student.

This is one of those romantic comedies that you have to have a vagina to watch. I'm a guy who can appreciate good, romantic movies, but when they are as tired and shamefully optimistic as this one, they can't be enjoyed by me. I'm actually a fan of Drew Barrymore, and it pains me that I hate this movie and her character as much as I do, but it's just the fact. The last scene of this movie made me nauseous at how fake and corny it was. I'm gonna put myself in front of the world and let my love come to me. Put five minutes on the clock. I wonder what's going to happen. Fuck this movie.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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