Riding in Cars With Boys


Riding in Cars With Boys

Critics Consensus

Riding in Cars With Boys suffers from mixing grit and pathos with cuteness and comedy. Ironically, many critics found Zahn's character more compelling and three-dimensional than Barrymore's.



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After failing to get into college, Beverly Donofrio loses interest in everything but riding around town in cars, drinking, smoking and rebelling against authority. After becoming pregnant, marrying, then divorcing, she must cope with being a teenage single parent. She finally ends up at an elite New England university where she tries to reach a balance between her mistakes and her goals.


Drew Barrymore
as Beverly Ann Donofrio
Steve Zahn
as Raymond Haseck
Adam Garcia
as Jason Donofrio
Brittany Murphy
as Farina Forrester
James Woods
as Leonard `Pop' Donofrio
Lorraine Bracco
as Eileen Donofrio
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Amelia (age 20)
Mika Boorem
as Beverly (Age 11)
Marisa Ryan
as Janet (age 19)
Skye McCole Bartusiak
as Amelia (Age 8)
Logan Lerman
as Jason Donofrio (age 8)
Cody Arens
as Jason (Age 6)
Logan Arens
as Jason (Age 3)
Celine Marget
as Janet (Age 8)
Vincent Pastore
as Uncle Lou
Robin Paul
as Student
Alissa Dean
as Townie Girl No. 1
Jessica Leshnower
as Townie Girl No. 2
Lauren Lake
as Karen's Friend
Gabriel Carpenter
as Sky Barrister
Vincent De Paul
as Linebacker No. 1
Joseph Cassese
as Linebacker No. 2
Kevin O'Rourke
as Jail Ward
Susan Forristal
as Mrs. Forrester
John Bedford Lloyd
as Mr. Forrester
Paz de la Huerta
as 1st Phone Call Flirt
Olivia Morgan Scheck
as Janet (age 12)
Dusty Rizzo
as Wedding Singer Tony
Carl Capotorto
as Cop No. 1
Robert Greenhut
as Cop No. 2
Heather Hodder
as Donofrio Cousin
Joseph M. Cannizaro
as Jason (newborn)
Noah Hartwick
as Jason (newborn)
Briana Tilden
as Jason (as a baby)
Skye Casey Arens
as Jason (age 1)
Patrick Salerno
as Jason (age 2)
Robert Salerno
as Jason (age 2)
Samantha Reale
as Amelia (age 3)
Jon Korkes
as Counselor
Samantha Lucier
as Amelia (age 6)
Gaetano Lisi
as Sweeny's Owner
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Critic Reviews for Riding in Cars With Boys

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (56)

Audience Reviews for Riding in Cars With Boys

  • Nov 12, 2011
    A lot of what happens to you in life is chance. The other half is how it affects you.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2011
    I loved this! It was hilarious and touching. It had its sad moments, but it is one of my new favorites!
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2010
    Barrymore doesn't look really convincing neither as a dreamy teenager nor as a frustrated 35-year-old mother who threw away her dream, and even though the movie develops its characters as complex people with real problems like those found in real life, the end is disappointing.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2010
    Drew Barrymore plays Beverley Donofrio, who falls pregnant at 15 years of age and has her dreams of college and becoming a writer shattered. Her father is ashamed and angry with her so she reluctantly marries the baby's father, Raymond Hasek played by Steve Zahn after the attempt to throw herself down the stairs didn't work. Bev still desires to finish high school and attend college but she is forced to put those goals aside because Ray is a heroin junkie who messes up her life from the time she meets him until the time she lets him go. Great acting by Drew Barrymore and Steve Zahn who deliver incredibly realistic performances! All the supporting actors including Lorraine Bracco as Bev's mother, Brittany Murphy as best friend Fay and James Woods playing Bev's disappointed father give really good performances as well .
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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