Riding In Cars With Boys

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  132 min.
Release Date: October 19, 2001

Current rating: Rating: 4.28
based on 819 votes and 43 reviews
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Cast: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, James Woods, Sara Gilbert, Brittany Murphy, Rosie Perez, Adam Garcia, Lorraine Bracco, Vincent Pastore, Mika Boorem, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Desmond Harrington, Logan Lerman


This film is based on the memoir of Beverly Donofrio, which spans a 20-year period from ages 15 to 35. Bev (Barrymore) has big plans of moving to New York to become a writer. But this teen from a middle-class family, who is sassy, funny, rebellious and boy-crazy hits a hard place when she gives birth to a son, and gets married to the father (Zahn).

Still determined to get her high school diploma and go on to college she works diligently to save money so that one day she will accomplish her dreams. Her desires are once again thwarted when she discovers her husband is a drug addict and has spent all her hard earned savings. Bev soon becomes a single mother who will have to work harder than ever before to achieve her goals.

Director: Penny Marshall
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): James L. Brooks, Laurence Mark, Sara Colleton, Richard Sakai
Screenplay: Morgan Upton Ward
Official Site: www.ridingincars.com

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  • 1 star "Terrible film about a woman whose problems stem from her inability to keep her legs shut."
  • 5 stars "Without pretensions, this story grew on me. The acting was natural and genrally low-key. James Woods was, as usual, his interesting self but he, too, was not his normal over-the-top self. Psychologically speaking, the movie made great sense."