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Riding in cars with boys

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Movie propaganda

The story of a girl who did everything wrong, but got everything right.

Starting in the 1960s, spanning a 20-year period from 15 to 35, this is the story of Beverly Donofrio (Drew Barrymore), who had a son, Jason (Adam Garcia) as a teenager, got married, got divorced and eventually pulled herself out of welfare and into university, studying to be a writer.

Persons of interest

  • Drew Barrymore .... Beverly Donofrio
  • Adam Garcia .... Jason
  • Sara Gilbert
  • Steve Zahn
  • Brittany Murphy
  • Vinny Pastore .... Uncle Louie
  • Rosie Perez
  • Dusty Rizzo .... Uncle Tony
  • Cody Arens .... Jason (Age 3)
  • Logan Arens .... Jason (Age 3)
  • Logan Lerman .... Jason (Age 8/9)
  • Morgan Ward .... Screenwriter
  • Beverly Donofrio .... Author: Riding in cars with boys: Confessions of a bad girl who makes good
  • Penny Marshall .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Agent Williamson

Theatrical report

Another "teenage mum does ok because she believed in herself" movie, and that's about it.

Riding in cars with boys tells a bit of a different story only because every story is different. The cinematography is nice and the kids play some great characters but otherwide the only humour is from Out-takes that were left in.

It's worth seeing on video, of course, as there are lots of poignant moments and truthful performances. It's just that the story seems too much like a re-run.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, dual layer
  • Features:
    • Behind-the-scenes:
      • Bev and Ray's house: Recreating reality
      • Beverly and Jason: Sons and lovers
      • Drew's trailer tour
      • The cars
      • The making of "Riding in cars with boys"
    • Commentary: Drew Barrymore
    • Picture disc
    • Talent profiles
    • Trailers: Theatrical, Bonus
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9 enhanced
  • Subtitles: English, English captions, Hindi

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

126 minutes (2:06 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 22 November 2001
DVD rental: 12 May 2002
VHS rental: 12 May 2002

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