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At Theaters: 10/19/2001 On Video: 3/19/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 12 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 339909
Studio: Columbia Pictures Inc.
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Bev's journey and her refusal to be defeated by the hardships she faces. Eventually, she realizes that she and her son, separated in age by only 15 years, have grown from childhood to adulthood together. She also discovers a powerful revelation: what she had once thought of as the obstacles of child rearing have strangely become what have defined her life.

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Drama Comedy - Females, from teens on up, are the audience most likely to enjoy this inspirational comedy/drama. Men can also enjoy, but the themes are distinctly feminine. Subject matter may be inappropriate for young children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Drew Barrymore CHARLIE'S ANGELS, TITAN A.E., NEVER BEEN KISSED
Steve Zahn JOY RIDE, SAVING SILVERMAN, HAPPY, TEXAS
Brittany Murphy DON'T SAY A WORD, GIRL INTERRUPTED
Adam Garcia BOOTMEN, COYOTE UGLY
Director: Penny Marshall THE PREACHER'S WIFE
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of mild profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Some barely seen fooling around.
VIOLENCE: One brief instance of violence.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, pills.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Comic dialogue and situations involving children, body functions, among other things.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Above Average "When Barrymore finally gets mean, the movie finally gets good. Then comes another sing-along, dammit, when you may want to slam the car door and walk home.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "A film like this is refreshing and startling in the way it cuts loose from formula and shows us confused lives we recognize. Hollywood tends to reduce stories like this to simplified redemption parables in which the noble woman emerges triumphant after a lifetime of surviving loser men. This movie is closer to the truth: A lot depends on what happens to you, and then a lot depends on how you let it affect you.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Good "Director Penny Marshall has fashioned a well-acted diversion, and she wisely chooses humor over treacle in what could have been an overly sentimental tale. But, ultimately, it feels a bit stale and somewhat contrived.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Fair "An uneasy mix of comedy and soap-opera bathos, only partly redeemed by some strong performances — including that of star Drew Barrymore — and a nice eye for period detail.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 116 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
5
Fairly Low
60%
13-19Teens (F)
32
High
97%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
High
75%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
Fairly High
94%
30+Adults (F)
37
High
95%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

First let me say that this is NOT a lighthearted comedy/love story as many may expect. It is often a strong drama with some sad scenes that may have you looking for a tissue. It also has many funny scenes to break the tension. Except for the rather strong content, this is a great movie to take teen females to see. It shows them how life can be totally changed by an unplanned pregnancy and also by not being choosy enough when it comes to finding your life long mate.

Most enjoyed this movie very much with only a small percentage rating it "Fair," which is somewhat low. Most indicated that they would recommend this movie to friends, which always says a lot.

I recommend this movie, especially to the ladies. Adult males should enjoy it nearly as much as the ladies. Teen males should probably skip it.

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
Sorry, I wasn't given an advance screening of this movie. Our critic covered it.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
It's 1965, and Bev (Drew Barrymore) is a bright and gifted girl whose dream is to one day move to New York City and become a writer. But as a teenager in working-class Wallingford, Connecticut, the daughter of a cop and a homemaker, reading Shakespeare and one too many romance novels is the closest it seems she'll get. Her talent for writing has drawn praise from her teachers and helped fuel her ambition to go to college, but she is also a typical teen-sassy, funny, mercurial, rebellious... boy-crazy.

She meets Ray Hasek (Steve Zahn), a tough, not-too-bright 18-year-old dropout, at a party. Rejected by the boy she has a crush on, Bev turns to Ray, who is instantly taken with her, only to be stunned by an unintended and unexpected pregnancy months later.

Now she faces the nightmare of telling her parents. In a "nice" family in a place like Wallingford, unwed motherhood was definitely not embraced. Bev's suggestion that she keep the child and finish high school is thwarted by her stern father (James Woods) and heartbroken mother (Lorraine Bracco). She quits school and agrees to marry Ray to keep family peace. After a woefully awkward wedding ceremony, she and Ray set up housekeeping.

With her new husband working as an air conditioning installer and a carpet layer, and the birth of a baby boy (not her hoped for daughter), Bev is still determined to get her high school diploma and go on to college. The problem: six years into the marriage, she discovers that her husband is a drug addict, and he's spent all the money she has worked so hard to save for college. The marriage dissolves and Ray disappears from her life. Suddenly a single mom with no real career prospects, Bev faces a daunting question: Now what?

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