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Riding in Cars with BoysIn Riding in Cars with Boys, fifteen-year-old Bev (an age stretch, even for the youthful Barrymore) watches her life plans stall in small-town '60s...Riding in Cars with BoysDrama, ComedyPT132MPG-13In Riding in Cars with Boys, fifteen-year-old Bev (an age stretch, even for the youthful Barrymore) watches her life plans stall in small-town '60s...2002-03-22Adam GarciaSara GilbertMaggie GyllenhaalBrittany MurphyVincent PastoreAdam Garcia, Sara Gilbert, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brittany Murphy, Vincent PastoreColumbia Pictures
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Riding in Cars with Boys

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Drew Barrymore, Lorraine Bracco, James Woods, Steve Zahn, Adam Garcia, Sara Gilbert, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Brittany Murphy, Vincent Pastore; Director: Penny Marshall; Author: Morgan Upton Ward; Release Date Wide: 10/19/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 132; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Columbia Pictures

In Riding in Cars with Boys, fifteen-year-old Bev (an age stretch, even for the youthful Barrymore) watches her life plans stall in small-town ’60s Connecticut after she gets pregnant and marries the baby’s sweet but no-good father (the impressive Zahn). As an unlikable character who openly and vocally blames her son for most of her problems, Barrymore never truly commits to the role, and instead tries to sell her character as charming without support from the therapy-speak script – which makes her, and director Penny Marshall’s version of Beverly Donofrio’s touching memoir, even harder to buy.