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Riding in Cars with Boys
  • PG-13
  • 2h 11m
  • 2001
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From celebrated director Penny Marshall comes the story of a girl who did everything wrong but got everything right. Make way for Beverly (Drew Barrymore), a smart, beautiful young woman who can't wait to grow up, much to the frustration of her police sergeant father (James Woods). Her life takes its first detour when she gets pregnant at age sixteen. The baby's father, her husband (Steve Zahn), turns out to need more mothering than her newborn son. But through all the trouble, Beverly makes a life that's more than she ever imagined and lives a story that's waiting to be told. Join the ride and watch Beverly kick life where it counts.
© 2001 Columbia Pictures Industries , Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten49%
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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New York Magazine/Vulture
Peter Rainer
Rotten

Beverly is supposed to be a bad girl running with the wrong crowd, but most of the time she seems...

June 17, 2017
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers
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The rough edges of Donofrio's life are either ignored or smoothed away, replaced by broad laughs a...

June 16, 2017
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
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There's a sort of Hallmark tyranny at work.

June 16, 2017
Washington Post
Rita Kempley
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The movie may be based on Beverly Donofrio's memoir of the '60s, but it misses the honesty and gri...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Not a great movie, although Drew Barrymore shines.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has non-explicit teenage sex and pregnancy. Characters drink, smoke, and use drugs, including use of a hallucinogenic drug while watching a child and heroin addiction. A character sells drugs, and Bev and Fay briefly become involved in helping him. There is a painful scene of withdrawal. All of this is presented in a realistic manner with realistic consequences that should help teenagers understand the seriousness of this behavior. There's also some strong language.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy, Biopic
  • Release Date:October 19, 2001
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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