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Riding In Cars With Boys Cast

Riding In Cars With Boys Cast

Riding In Cars With Boys Cast

Her problems all started not from riding in cars with boys, but from parking in cars with boys, and getting pregnant. Her wisdom in choosing the father didn’t help. Ray Hasek (Steve Zahn) is an aimless slacker with a basically good heart, not too many smarts, and a life that’s moving way too fast for him to keep up while he’s using drugs and booze. His wife is manifestly smarter than he is, although not smart enough to avoid blaming her life on everyone but herself.
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Riding In Cars With Boys Cast

‘I’m 22, and I still haven’t accepted that this is my life,” says Beverly Donofrio (Drew Barrymore), the heroine of “Riding in Cars With Boys.” She has a drunken and shiftless husband, a son from a teenage pregnancy, and a rundown house on a dead-end street in a section of town well known to the police. It doesn’t help that her father is the chief of police.
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“Riding in Cars with Boys” is directed by Penny Marshall and based on a memoir by the real Beverly Donofrio (reportedly much revised by the screenwriters). It’s a brave movie, in the way it centers on a mother who gets trapped in the wrong life, doesn’t get out for a long time, takes her misery out on her son, and blames everything on her fate and bad luck. The movie traces a series of developments that dig her deeper into unhappiness.
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What Jason sees clearly is that his mother is more concerned about her book than about how Jason will react to this sight of the broken, smelly, pathetic wreck who is his father. Beverly has been a dutiful mother but not a wise one. No child can carry the burden of a parent’s unhappiness, and a parent who demands that is practicing a form of abuse. Because the movie is honest enough to see that, “Riding in Cars With Boys” is brave–not the story of plucky Drew Barrymore struggling through poverty and divorce to become a best-selling author, but the story of a woman whose book, when it is published, will be small consolation.
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In ”Riding in Cars With Boys,” Drew Barrymore is required to age two decades, from a dizzy 15-year-old high school student in Wallingford, Conn., into a hardened New York journalist and author who is the bossy mother of a college-age son. The role of Beverly Donofrio in the film, adapted from Ms. Donofrio’s memoir, is easily the most challenging of Ms. Barrymore’s career, and in carrying it off she masters a tricky emotional balancing act.
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It is hard to imagine what ”Riding in Cars With Boys” would have been without Mr. Zahn’s brilliantly nuanced and sympathetic portrayal of Ray, who goes through more changes than Beverly. From a spaced-out teenager who worships Beverly, he grows up into a well-meaning but damaged adult who isn’t there for her at crucial turning points.
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”Riding in Cars With Boys” has more stories than it can handle. A running subplot that is scrupulously developed, then abandoned, is the enduring friendship of Beverly and Fay, who also married and divorced the man who impregnated her. As college students in different states, Fay’s daughter, Amelia, and Jason eventually fall in love. Because the movie doesn’t show the blooming of their relationship, the symmetry has no resonance.
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But when it’s not gathering up loose ends, ”Riding in Cars With Boys” is a surprisingly meaty slice of American life over two decades. For all its characters’ weaknesses, it believes in their essential decency and capacity for love — and for a good deal of the time it makes us believers, too.
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Riding in Cars with Boys is a 2001 American biographical film based on the autobiography of the same name by Beverly Donofrio about a woman who overcame difficulties, including being a teen mother, and who later earned a master’s degree. The movie’s narrative spans the years 1961 to 1986. It stars Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Brittany Murphy, and James Woods. It was directed by Penny Marshall. Although the film is co-produced by Beverly Donofrio, many of its details differ from the book.
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Barrymore doesn’t look really convincing neither as a dreamy teenager nor as a frustrated 35-year-old mother who threw away her dream, and even though the movie develops its characters as complex people with real problems like those found in real life, the end is disappointing. Carlos Magalhães Super Reviewer All time favourite of mine that I have not watched in a long time. Rewatching it was just as good – I love the honesty of this true story and the flaws of Bev, played wonderfully by Drew Barrymore. I know a lot of people do not like it, but a lot of people seem to want everything to be nice all the time, especially in movies, and people aren’t like that in real life. The story is set over about thirty years, starting in the 60’s when Bev is a child and going through to the 80’s when she is in her 30’s. During this time, we see that she was a precocious child with a talent for writing who finds herself pregnant in her teens and married to the father of her son, who is not a guy she probably would have found herself with under normal circumstances. Bev’s dreams of going to uni are crushed and her relationship with her father strained as she tries to make a go of her life. Needless to say, she is not the best mum and the issues of resentment towards her child are dealt with very honestly and well. It makes her unlikeable to a lot of people, to me it shows she is human. I don’t think you ever seriously doubt that she loved her child, even when she doubts it herself, but certainly there are times that she hasn’t liked him, and honestly, I think most people would have felt the same, such as the situation where her son blows her interview for her. Though you do feel sorry for her son, after all none of it is his fault, he is only a child and it seems he has way too much responsibility way before his time, you also feel sorry for Bev as you see yet another dream die for her. (Well, I did anyhow). After all, she was practically a child herself when she became pregnant. The cast are all excellent here. It was sad to watch Brittany Murphy in this as Fay, Bev’s best friend, who also finds herself pregnant and married off at a young age (yet somehow she comes out of it better than Bev does). Brittany was such a good actress and is perfect here. Steve Zahn also excellent as Bev’s husband, Ray, who ends up a junkie. Nice small role by Sara Gilbert as one of her school friends and Adam Garcia also cast well as Bev’s adult son. This movie does somehow manage to have a nice ending. I know a few people consider it corny, but I liked it. I liked that things did pick up a little for Bev in the end, and that her son, Jason, found happiness (with a very young Maggie Gyllenhaal. I did not even remember her being in this, which shows how long ago I watched it!), and was able to feel less responsible for his mother. I have not read the book it is based on, so I am not sure how true this is to that, but a really inspiring true story. Nicki Marie Super Reviewer A very good representation of the not so wedded bliss many mothers went through in low income housing and troublesome husband during the days of teen pregnancies. Nowadays we have an entire cavalcade of shows dedicated to this subject, and so it is very hard to take this story and its subject seriously without being partial. Barrymore, with a bit of class and humor, makes the movie and all its eccentricities not only barely, but great to watch. It’s amazing how enjoyable this movie truly was. Spencer S. Super Reviewer ½ Drew and Britney are two teenagers who get pregnant and married. The rest of their friends go to college. Drew always wanted to go to college and be a writer. Her husband is a drug addict and she asks him to leave her and their son. She recents her son and they have a strained relationship. Good cast. Based on true story. Candy Rose Super Reviewer View All Audience Reviews
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Barrymore doesn’t look really convincing neither as a dreamy teenager nor as a frustrated 35-year-old mother who threw away her dream, and even though the movie develops its characters as complex people with real problems like those found in real life, the end is disappointing. Carlos Magalhães Super Reviewer All time favourite of mine that I have not watched in a long time. Rewatching it was just as good – I love the honesty of this true story and the flaws of Bev, played wonderfully by Drew Barrymore. I know a lot of people do not like it, but a lot of people seem to want everything to be nice all the time, especially in movies, and people aren’t like that in real life. The story is set over about thirty years, starting in the 60’s when Bev is a child and going through to the 80’s when she is in her 30’s. During this time, we see that she was a precocious child with a talent for writing who finds herself pregnant in her teens and married to the father of her son, who is not a guy she probably would have found herself with under normal circumstances. Bev’s dreams of going to uni are crushed and her relationship with her father strained as she tries to make a go of her life. Needless to say, she is not the best mum and the issues of resentment towards her child are dealt with very honestly and well. It makes her unlikeable to a lot of people, to me it shows she is human. I don’t think you ever seriously doubt that she loved her child, even when she doubts it herself, but certainly there are times that she hasn’t liked him, and honestly, I think most people would have felt the same, such as the situation where her son blows her interview for her. Though you do feel sorry for her son, after all none of it is his fault, he is only a child and it seems he has way too much responsibility way before his time, you also feel sorry for Bev as you see yet another dream die for her. (Well, I did anyhow). After all, she was practically a child herself when she became pregnant. The cast are all excellent here. It was sad to watch Brittany Murphy in this as Fay, Bev’s best friend, who also finds herself pregnant and married off at a young age (yet somehow she comes out of it better than Bev does). Brittany was such a good actress and is perfect here. Steve Zahn also excellent as Bev’s husband, Ray, who ends up a junkie. Nice small role by Sara Gilbert as one of her school friends and Adam Garcia also cast well as Bev’s adult son. This movie does somehow manage to have a nice ending. I know a few people consider it corny, but I liked it. I liked that things did pick up a little for Bev in the end, and that her son, Jason, found happiness (with a very young Maggie Gyllenhaal. I did not even remember her being in this, which shows how long ago I watched it!), and was able to feel less responsible for his mother. I have not read the book it is based on, so I am not sure how true this is to that, but a really inspiring true story. Nicki Marie Super Reviewer A very good representation of the not so wedded bliss many mothers went through in low income housing and troublesome husband during the days of teen pregnancies. Nowadays we have an entire cavalcade of shows dedicated to this subject, and so it is very hard to take this story and its subject seriously without being partial. Barrymore, with a bit of class and humor, makes the movie and all its eccentricities not only barely, but great to watch. It’s amazing how enjoyable this movie truly was. Spencer S. Super Reviewer ½ Drew and Britney are two teenagers who get pregnant and married. The rest of their friends go to college. Drew always wanted to go to college and be a writer. Her husband is a drug addict and she asks him to leave her and their son. She recents her son and they have a strained relationship. Good cast. Based on true story. Candy Rose Super Reviewer

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