Never Been Kissed

Fox 2000 Pictures / Bushwood Pictures / Flower Films Released 1999




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Raja Gosnell

Never Been Kissed is about Josie Geller, a news reporter who gets a second chance at her high school experience for an assignment her boss gives her, but has flashbacks to her tortured unpopular past when popular Guy Perkins deems her uncool, until her brother Rob comes to the rescue. When intelligent but anti-social Josie is chosen by her boss Gus for the job, her outgoing friend Anita and Rob, a former high school baseball champion who now works at a shipping office, both think it's a terrible idea. When Josie was actually in high school, she was tormented by her fellow students and nicknamed 'Josie Grossie' She starts off her research at South Glen South the same way, constantly being embarrassed by her peers and teachers, including Guy and popular girls Kirsten, Kristen, and Gibby. She befriends Aldys, a nerdy but nice girl, and joins a mathlete group with her, but this is not the story that Gus wants for the paper, and he demands that she become friends with the popular crowd. When Rob enrolls at South Glen South as well, he proves that all it takes is one person to think you're cool, and spreads rumors about how cool Josie is, earning her instant acceptance at the cost of her true friend, Aldys. Josie has also grown close to her English teacher, Sam Coulson, whom she might be attracted to in the outside world but is off-limits while she poses as a student. Josie must decide if popularity is worth sacrificing her values and genuine friends, figure out how to get her story and maybe even get kissed- really kissed- for the first time.



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    • Production budget - $25,000,000
      Domestic gross - $55,474,756 (43rd)
      Worldwide gross - $84,565,230 (49th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $88,781,450
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $135,337,661

    • Taglines:
      1. A Comedy With Class.
      2. Some things are worth waiting for.
      3. The Class Clown Just Turned Chic.
      4. She's never been hip. Never been cool. Never been in... Until now

    • Filming locations:
      Monrovia, California
      Navy Pier, Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois
      Santa Clarita, California
      Chicago, Illinois
      Jackie Robinson Baseball Stadium, UCLA, Westwood, Los Angeles, California
      John Burroughs Middle School, Los Angeles, California
      William S. Hart High School, Newhall, California

    • Music:
      Catch a Falling Star
      Written by Paul Vance and Lee Pockriss
      Performed by Block
      Lucky Denver Mint
      Written and Performed by Jimmy Eat World
      Watching the Wheels
      Written and Performed by John Lennon
      She Bop
      Written by Cyndi Lauper, Rick Chertoff, Steve Lunt, Gary Corbett
      Performed by Cyndi Lauper
      Seventeen (Demo)
      Written and Performed by Jimmy Eat World
      Suburban Life
      Written by André Williams, Keith Williams, Dustin Miller, Steve Thronson, Brad Xavier
      Performed by Kottonmouth Kings
      (I Just) Died in Your Arms
      Written by Nick Eede
      Performed by Cutting Crew
      Cool Magnet
      Written by Joseph W. Daniels and David Scott Lucas
      Performed by Local H
      Written by Heather Grody, Leisha Hailey, Charlotte Caffey, Jane Wiedlin
      Performed by The Murmurs
      Girls Move Their Butts
      Written by Grandmaster Slice and David Martin
      Performed by Grandmaster Slice
      A Girl Named Happiness
      Written by Jeremy Jordan and Chuck Luongo
      Performed by Jeremy Jordan
      Uncle Bill's Ride
      Written by John Kay and Rushton Moreve
      Performed by Mister Jones
      The Simpson's Theme
      Written by Danny Elfman
      Three Is a Magic Number
      Words and Music by Bob Dorough
      Performed by Blind Melon
      Written by Geoff Gill and Cliff Wade
      Performed by Pat Benatar
      Free to Be You and Me
      Written by Stephen Lawrence and Bruce Hart
      Performed by The New Seekers
      Written by Jeffrey Cain Thompson, Gregory Slay, Cinjun Tate, Shelby Tate, Cedric Lemoyne
      Performed by Remy Zero
      Here We Go
      Written by Johan Renck and Jonas Van Der Burg
      Performed by Stakka Bo
      Cumbia de los Muertos
      Written by Asdrubal Sierra, Charles Stewart, William Abers, Raul Pacheco, Ulises Bella, Jose Espinosa, Justin Poree, William Marrufo, Jiro Yamaguchi, Lucas MacFadden
      Performed by Ozomatli
      Cut Chemist Suite
      Written by Charles Stewart, Lucas MacFadden, Ulises Bella, William Abers, Jose Espinosa, William Marrufo, Raul Pacheco, Justin Poree, Asdrubal Sierra, Jiro Yamaguchi, Alfredo Ortiz, Pablo Castorena
      Performed by Ozomatli
      Me, Myself and I
      Written by Edwin Birdsong, Paul Huston, Trugoy The Dove, P.A. Pacemaster Mase, Posdnous, George Clinton, Philippe Wynn
      Performed by De La Soul
      Like a Prayer
      Written by Madonna and Patrick Leonard
      Performed by Madonna
      Standing By
      Written by Tim Seely
      Performed by Willis
      Barrel Organ
      Written and Performed by David Farnon
      Go Daddy O
      Written by Scott Morris
      Performed by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
      Heaven Tonight
      Written by Courtney Love and Eric Erlandson
      Performed by Hole
      Peppy Rock
      Written and Performed by Btk (as BTK)
      Never You Mind
      Written by Dan Wilson and Jacob Slichter
      Performed by Semisonic
      At My Most Beautiful
      Written by Peter Buck, Michael Stipe, Mike Mills
      Performed by R.E.M.
      Nowhere Slow
      Written by Adam Lohrbach
      Performed by Homegrown
      Written by Todd Eckhardt, Steve Jackson, Tom Goodin
      Performed by The Pietasters
      Candy in the Sun
      Written by Denny Scott, Austin Hanks, Mark Hudson, Steve Greenberg
      Performed by Swirl 360
      Riot Nrrrd
      Written by Joel Johnson, Noah Green, Edward Cisneros, Andrew Markham, Stephen Light, John Moraski III
      Performed by 2 Skinnee J's
      Look Who's Perfect Now
      Written by Gary Clark, Eric Pressley, Keely Hawkes
      Performed by Transister
      Written by Nina Persson and Peter Svensson
      Performed by The Cardigans
      Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want
      Written by Johnny Marr and Morrissey
      Performed by The Smiths
      Written by Jonathan Mead, Chris Hower, Bobby Stefano, Kane McGee
      Performed by Radford
      Catch a Falling Star
      Written by Jonathan Mead, Chris Hower, Bobby Stefano, Kane McGee
      Performed by Radford
      Closer to Myself
      Written by Ron Aniello and Kendall Payne
      Performed by Kendall Payne
      Don't Worry Baby
      Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian
      Performed by The Beach Boys
      Film Surround Mix by Ken Caillar and Leo Rossi at Highway 5.1
      Innocent Journey
      Written by Chris Karn
      Performed by Sonichrome
      Until You Loved Me
      Written by Phil Thornalley and Dave Munday
      Performed by The Moffatts


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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, love story, gossiping teens, Love & Romance, goodie two shoes