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Story

Riding in Cars with Boys achieves broad appeal as a tearjerker laced with hardscrabble humor. In the crowd-pleasing hands of director Penny Marshall, Beverly Donofrio's bestselling memoir loses much of its real-life gravity, but its rich humanity remains in abundance, especially since Drew Barrymore plays Donofrio with effortless charm. The movie spans 20 years, from Bev's pregnancy at 15 in 1963 (actually 17 in the book), through welfare parenthood with a heroin-addicted husband (Steve Zahn), and semi-adult resentment as her teenaged son (Adam Garcia) takes priority over her ultimate goal of finishing college and publishing her memoir. For all of Barrymore's winning tenacity, it's Zahn's goodhearted loser who gives the film its genuine soul while lending an edge to Marshall's cloying sentiment. The material begs for the subtler touch of James L. Brooks (who produced this and Marshall's more delicate hit Big), but that won't stop this movie from attracting a legion of admirers. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Audio Commentary from Drew Barrymore
  • HBO Making-Of Special
  • Four Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Filmographies
  • Animated Menus
  • Production Notes
  • Scene Selections

Cast

Drew BarrymoreBeverly Donofrio
Steve ZahnRay Hasek
Adam GarciaJason
Brittany MurphyFay Forrester
James WoodsMr. Leonard Donofrio
Lorraine BraccoMrs. Teresa Donofrio
Rosie PerezShirley Perro
Sara GilbertTina Barr
Peter FacinelliTommy Butcher
Mika BooremBeverly Donofrio
Vincent PastoreUncle Lou
Desmond HarringtonBobby
Paz de la HuertaPhone Call Flirt
Maggie GyllenhaalAmelia

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Penny Marshall
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 132 min
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 19, 2001
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 6, 2004
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