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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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"Never Been Kissed" is just one of those sweet but geeky movies in which Ms. Barrymore, despite her well-known wild streak, is a perfect fit. It's not a deep, complicated movie, but a cute, sappy, first-date-on-a-Friday-night movie.
Barrymore plays Josie Gellar, a copy editor with the Chicago Sun-Times who was forced into going undercover as a high school student. The problem is, of course, she was a geek 10 years earlier as a real student, and quickly finds she isn't much better socially now. Until her brother, played by David Arquette, sneaks in and joins her. Her brother was a popular student and re-established himself as part of the lemming-like in-crowd. And along the way she falls in love with her English teacher, played by Michael Vartner.
Now, as a recently retired journalist, I worked at the local high school a lot. Once, I was even told by a teacher to get to class. Needless to say, high school wasn't that long ago for me.
As a newspaper flick, this is awful. Most copy editors despise the thought of being a reporter, most don't have their own office, most don't attend offical meetings, and most don't have assistants.
The high school half is better, especially illustrating the shallow nature of high school "coolness," drawn with a colorful character cast.
I recommend this movie as a date-movie only. And on a cool side note, I once interviewed a guy who was an extra in this movie.
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.
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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
I am a huge Drew Barrymore fan and I have been following her work forever I've probably seen every movie she's done and so far I like all the work she's done she's a very beautiful... Read morePublished on April 19 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