New York Times - 10/19/2001
"...[The role] is easily the most challenging of Ms. Barrymore's career, and in carrying it off she masters a tricky emotional balancing act..."
USA Today - 10/19/2001
"[Barrymore] proves she is maturing as an actress....Zahn, always effective as a kick-back space case, shows more depth this time around....Adam Garcia does a fine job..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/26/2001
"...[Garcia acts] with a thoughtful combination of fortitude and simmering resentment..."
Box Office - 12/01/2001
"...[Barrymore] is, as usual, a warm on-screen presence who's amusing, charming and appealing to watch..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/19/2001
"...It's a brave movie....The movie is a showcase performance for Barrymore....Zahn's performance is crucial to the film....Here he creates a character from the ground up..."
Beverly loves boys, but she knows her limits: nothing below the waist (hers), if she doesn't know the boy. Ray, however, a sweet-natured but shiftless young man is the exception to her rule and shortly after meeting him she ends up pregnant--at age fifteen. At the wedding insisted upon by her disappointed father, Bev finds out her best friend is also pregnant, and the two console each other for the youth they've lost. RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS is a true story based on the autobiography by Beverly Donofrio about her youthful days of revelry, rebellion, and teenage motherhood. Drew Barrymore is credible as an Italian-American girl who's far too smart to be stuck where she is in life, but it's Steve Zahn (THAT THING YOU DO, HAPPY, TEXAS) who steals the show in a long-overdue starring turn, with his heartfelt portrayal of a lost little boy who never finds his way to manhood. James Woods is Donofrio's alienated father. And Lorraine Bracco is her supportive, long-suffering mother who looks after the house, Bev's son Jason, and Ray, while Bev desperately tries for her GED and a scholarship to NYU. It's Bev's drive and unflagging ambition--and Penny Marshall's usual surehanded direction--that turn her hardship into the triumph of survival. Eventually, she realizes her own dreams, and her son's.
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