Riding in Cars With Boys

2001, Drama/Comedy, 2h 12m

109 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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The fresh, funny, touching and true story of writer Beverly Donofrio (played by Drew Barrymore, who ages from 15 to 35 in the role), reveals her coming of age in the late 1960s and her whole life colored by an event that happened when she was 15. The events span more than two decades, as the young heroine experiences often-humorous, sometimes-irreverent, but certainly a unique personal journey to make something meaningful of her life.

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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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