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Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 April 1999 (USA)
A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

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Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. Written by KGF Vissers

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A Comedy With Class. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and some drug content | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,836,707 (USA) (9 April 1999)

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$55,469,238 (USA) (27 August 1999)
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This is the first of two films that Octavia Spencer and James Franco have appeared in together. The second was Spider-Man (2002). See more »

Goofs

Before the prom after Josie and Guy show off their outfits, in particular Guy's sword, you see as everyone walks into the prom, you hear Rob say, "I wanted a sword," but he is clearly smiling and not saying anything at all. See more »

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Gibby Zerefski: You totally ripped off my Malibu Barbie idea!
Kirsten Liosis: Nuh-uh, I'm Disco Barbie!
[Kirsten does a funky dance move]
Kristin Davis: And I'm Evening Wear Barbie.
[Kristin flips her hair]
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The closing credits feature school photos of the cast and crew. See more »

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References The Simpsons (1989) See more »

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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
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Music Special Markets
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Can't hate anything with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba in the cast list...
11 June 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The nice thing about Drew Barrymore - or, to paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, ONE of the nice things for there are several - is that she's willing to try almost anything from "Guncrazy" to "Ever After" (although I suspect she would draw the line at "Bad Girls 2"). In this appealing though predictable teen flick, she's an eager writer for a newspaper given a chance to prove she can do more by going undercover to see what today's teens are up to in high school, and finds that nothing's really changed.

Drew is as engaging as ever whether appearing in class way too overdressed or dancing on stage while on drugs (relax, the film's overall pretty inoffensive), and it may have been prophetic that her joke about having been named Josie after the leader of a cartoon rock band goes over the head of her best friend at school (the film version of "Josie and the Pussycats" was a box office flop in America). The movie isn't exactly surprising, and won't appeal to anyone who insists on teen films having acid in their veins - but then again, the edgier "Jawbreaker" wasn't just bad-spirited, it was BAD, period. Call me soppy, but I like a happy ending, and this does have one (even The Prettiest Girls In School don't turn out to be that horrid in the end).

If only the Seekers' "Free To Be You And Me" (which Drew and her friends sing along to in a car in one scene) and some of David Newman's sweet score had been on the soundtrack album, but that's not a problem exclusive to this film; what with this and "Charlie's Angels" (not to mention "Olive, the Other Reindeer") Barrymore's record as a producer is a lot better than, say, Michelle Pfeiffer's. And as I said in the summary, you get Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba in the same movie (this is a Twentieth Century Fox movie in more ways than one).


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