Riding in Cars with Boys

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2001


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Penny Marshall
Riding in Cars with Boys is a 2001 film based on the memoir of the same name by Beverly D’Onofrio and starring Drew Barrymore as Beverly. Beverly is 15 years old, intelligent, and wants to become a writer after attending college in New York. However, as an average teenage girl, she’s also crazy about boys. Beverly goes to a party with best friend Fay (Brittany Murphy) and gets rejected by her crush, driving her into the arms of Ray (Steve Zahn). Beverly and Ray become closer, and she finds that she is pregnant with his child. She is unable to go through with the abortion, and her parents force them to get married. Fay ends up being pregnant as well and although they are both sad about putting their dreams on hold, they are glad they are going to have little girls together. Beverly is disappointed when she has a boy, and jealous that Fay has a girl, although Fay’s husband leaves her shortly thereafter. A few years later Beverly kicks Ray out, as he is addicted to heroin and spends all their money on drugs, which her son Jason continually blames her for. With no money remaining and no hope, Beverly must find a way to still follow her dreams and make a future for herself while repairing her relationship with her son and raising a good man.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As the movie jumps back and forth in time, it displays an impressive cut-and-paste agility, skillfully interweaving humor and drama without tipping over into farce or soap opera.

  • 40

    Variety Robert Koehler

    The result under Penny Marshall's direction is a film with genuinely serious intentions that falls considerably short of its intentions.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Buried under the miscalculations, the shamelessness, the off-putting and inappropriate broadness are sporadically visible souvenirs of a good project gone bad, hints of the unusual...

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Comedy, Drama