Never Been Kissed (Widescreen) [Import]
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Never Been Kissed
Let's get this straight: Drew Barrymore started a production company to develop original scripts outside of Hollywood and the first project she chose to produce was this, a romantic comedy written by USC grads Abby Kohn and Mark Silverstein about a nerdy, virginal woman who returns to high school as an undercover reporter, finally gets to be popular, and falls in love. And Barrymore decided, as producer, that the perfect actress to play this virtuous, clean-cut, and downright annoying geek would be... Drew Barrymore? It's hard to believe that after The Wedding Singer Barrymore's not getting enough dopey, formulaic, predictable romantic comedies coming across her desk. The complete inability to buy Barrymore as unattractive, awkward, and unpopular ruins Never Been Kissed from the start, but it's doubtful a better actress could have saved it. The jokes fall flat, the romance between Barrymore and her English teacher (played by Michael Vartan) lacks chemistry, and the portrayals of high school and the newspaper newsroom is clichéd and uninspired (big surprise here: the director, Raja Gosnell, previously made Home Alone 3). Gosnell can't even give the gifted character actor, John C. Reilly, anything to do. Only David Arquette, who plays Barrymore's out-of-control brother, brings any energy to the film. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The main star Drew Barrymore (Charlie's angels 1 & 2, the wedding singer, etc., etc.) plays Josie Geller, a 25-year-old who graduated school at the top of her class. She's never kissed a guy or even had a real boyfriend but she is the youngest copy editor at the Chicago Sun Times and wants to be a serious reporter. So she was very excited when she is assigned her very first job as a reporter to go back to high school as a regular teenager and find out about teenagers today. Then she remembers her own painful high school experience and it seems impossible that she will be able to fit in and get her story.
When she first starts going back to high school it looks like Josie's second experience of high school will be another nightmare until her brother enrolls himself in school also undercover as Josie's ex-boyfriend and quote 'good friend' unquote. He fits right in with the cool kids and makes his sister seem wild and cool to everyone. That's when things really get interesting at school and suddenly Josie is a huge part of the group of cruel but ridiculously attractive and popular teens but soon realizes for the first time in her life that maybe this isn't a group she wants to be a part of after all.
David Arquette (from the scream movies) plays Josie's 23-year-old brother Rob a popular fun-loving easygoing guy but is not as success-driven (he still lives with his parents, never went to college, works at what is called the "tiki post") as his sister. In my opinion David brings a fun and carefree vibe to every scene he's in.Read more ›
Josie Gellar goes in as an undercover reporter and is just reminded of her past, being the biggest nerd in school, until her brother, played by David Arquet, steps in and Josie is having the time of her life with the "popular kids". Watch how Josie falls in love, and desperately wishes to receive her first kiss. See what happens when she blows her position as an undercover reporter. This is an amazing comedy with great actors, and an awesome script. A great date movie with an awesome message which is just to have confidence in yourself and just about anything can happen.
Josie is a copy editor who's first assignment as a reporter is to write about teenagers, which is why she has to go back to high school. Now high school is not a good memory for her b/c she was always made fun of in high school...she is dreading it, but tries to change (i.e. put on makeup, new clothes, new car) in order to fit in. Plan goes awry though because those things are just NOT popular anymore. Oops...
She is once again the odd girl out until her cool, younger brother Rob (Arquette) also enlists in the school and makes her popular almost overnight. Like he says, "You just need one person to think you're cool and you're in. The others will be too scared to say anything."
There is also a thing developing between her and her English teacher, Sam, him finding her brilliant and unique, her finding him attractive and kind. But he holds back because he still thinks that she's a student of 17 years.
Prom is included, where Josie's true identity is revealed and Sam storms off feeling betrayed and made a fool of. Josie, now a confident woman because she has realized that it is what's in your heart that matters, writes about her experience as her article for the newspaper, in the end, asking Sam for a chance to make things right.
The ending was very sad, I was sobbing my eyes out. Drew gives a wonderful performance on the baseball mound. No words were needed as she waited for Sam to appear and give her her first kiss...all you needed to do was look into her eyes, welling up with tears threatening to spill over. The emotion was all there in those eyes and they make you feel for her so much, that you can't help but feel her despair. This one's a keeper.
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Never Been Kissed is a classic in film romantic comedies. Drew Barrymore rocks! Simply put: NBK rules!Published on July 12 2004 by C. Eberlein
I loved this movie! (And its not just because I related Barymore's character.) I found it funny and touching at the same time. Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by No One
sure this movie was cute, but it must have been one of the dumbest films I've ever seen. David Arquette is the best thing about it. that's a little sad. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Huinian Xiao
Hello bros wassup with the kissing stuff, this movie is a lot a like to Romy and Michelle's high school reunion, but it has it's own ideas and history, is the ever topic of... Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by S. Quinto
Unfortunately some Editorial reviews might send you away from this wonderful, light, romantic comedy. Read morePublished on May 18 2004
This is a pretty good movie that's both funny and romantic. I give it five stars because not only was it entertaining but Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite actresses!Published on May 3 2004
Never Been Kissed is the story of Josie (Drew Barrymore) a young copy editor at the Chicago Sun Times, she has never had a long-term relationship or had that one great kiss. Read morePublished on April 29 2004
Drew Barrymore plays Josie Geller, a nerdy journalist for the Chicago Sun, who's 'never been kissed'
As part of a writing assignment she must return to her own school, where... Read more
Drew barrymore plays a confident but funny person in this movie, nearly all the way through there is a laugh somewhere. Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by Kathryn Pointon