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Josie Geller is a talented copy editor who
yearns to become a reporter. But when she finally gets her wish,
it turns out to be the assignment from hell: Josie, a self-described
"geek to the core," must go undercover at a local high
school to report on today's teenagers. Now, at age 25, Josie must
figure out her story, and a potential new love, while reliving
her horrific adolescence.
Romantic Comedy - Never Been Kissed is a romantic comedy with its appeal geared towards
teenagers. Fans of Drew Barrymore may want to see her in a larger leading
role than most of her recent work; teenagers and young adults may be amused
by the situations. Older viewers are more likely to find the film silly
and obsessive over the traumas of adolescence, or may find the story and
relationships generally underdeveloped. The pacing is lively enough to keep
most viewers engaged and entertained, but the plot is probably too targeted
at a young audience to appeal beyond its core audience.
PROFANITY: Moderately strong and fairly infrequent SEX/NUDITY: No explicity nudity or sexuality; some sexual discussion VIOLENCE: Some comic or slapstick violence DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene depicting marijuana use ACTION: None. COMEDY: Lots of fish-out-of-water comic situations
I'm willing to forgive NEVER BEEN KISSED many of its failings
because, for all practical purposes, it's a wish-fulfillment fantasy.
It can get away with a lot, but it can't get away with this film's too
biggest problems: it's lazy, and it's poorly cast. This story of a
25-year-old reporter returning to high school misses too many
opportunities and leaves too much out of the development of its romance,
then collapses under the weight of Drew Barrymore's uncomfortable lead
performance. She's even less convincing as an adult than she is as a
teenagers, forcing us to conclude that Barrymore (who also executive
produced) was one of the film-makers living in a fantasy world where
this film could work.
Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) wants more out
of life. As a bright twenty-five-year-old copy editor at Chicago's
revered newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times, she yearns to
be a reporter. Josie is skilled at her profession, but completely
clueless in her personal life. She was a brainy nerd in high school,
a geek to the core - kids called her "Josie Grossie"
- and she has never had a serious relationship with a man.
Josie has never, she laments, been really kissed.
But things are about to change for Josie - in ways she could never
have imagined - when her dream to become a reporter becomes a
reality. But her first assignment couldn't be more nightmarish:
she must go undercover at a local high school to report on today's
teenagers. Now, eight years senior to the oldest pupil in the
class, Josie must figure out her story - and a potential new love
- while reliving her horrific adolescence and negotiating high
school's social and emotional land mines.