Riding in Cars With Boys
Riding in Cars With Boys (2001)

Penny Marshall directed this serio-comic story, based on the memoir by Beverly Donofrio, about a young woman who finds her life radically altered by an event from her teen years. Born in 1950, Beverly (Drew Barrymore) grew up bright and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 19, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 19, 2002
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Beverly is supposed to be a bad girl running with the wrong crowd, but most of the time she seems to be right out of a serioso episode of Laverne & Shirley.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There's a sort of Hallmark tyranny at work.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not a great movie, although Drew Barrymore shines.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

The rough edges of Donofrio's life are either ignored or smoothed away, replaced by broad laughs and easy sentiment.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The movie may be based on Beverly Donofrio's memoir of the '60s, but it misses the honesty and grit of the source.

Emanuel Levy

Columbia's marketing exploits the commercial title and producer James Brooks pedigree, but this humorless chick flick is one of Penny Marshall's worst films.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

A film with honesty, sincerity and a great big heart.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Despite being scrubbed almost spotless, the story still makes its mark.

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James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus

We've suffered through worse chick flicks throughout the years . . .

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
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… More
Candy Rose
Drew and Britney are two teenagers who get pregnant and married. The rest of their friends go to college. Drew always wanted to go to college and be a writer.… More
Nicki Marie
All time favourite of mine that I have not watched in a long time. Rewatching it was just as good - I love the honesty of this true story and the flaws of Bev,… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Here's another great Drew Barrymore movie, about a mother trying to raise her son normal despite social, domestic and economic odds. Amidst the… More
Spencer S.
A very good representation of the not so wedded bliss many mothers went through in low income housing and troublesome husband during the days of teen… More
Jennifer D
I can't remember much about this film. I remember kinda liking it, but not overly in love.