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Riding in Cars With Boys
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Riding in Cars With Boys

3.7 13
Director: Penny Marshall

Cast: Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Brittany Murphy

 

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Drew Barrymore finds life, love, and pregnancy difficult in director Penny Marshall's Riding in Cars With Boys. Featured in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer looks very nice with only a few visible signs of defects (including some edge enhancement and artifacting). Otherwise, this picture displays warm colors and dark black levels. The audio is

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Drew Barrymore finds life, love, and pregnancy difficult in director Penny Marshall's Riding in Cars With Boys. Featured in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer looks very nice with only a few visible signs of defects (including some edge enhancement and artifacting). Otherwise, this picture displays warm colors and dark black levels. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and is appropriate for the film it supports. Since this is primarily a dialogue-driven comedy-drama, the directional effects are confined mainly to the front and center speakers with only a handful of effects leaking out of the rear channels. Also included on this disc are subtitles in English, Chinese, French, Korean, and Thai, as well as a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack in French. Extra features consist of: a humorous commentary track by star Drew Barrymore (who is both bubbly and professional); an HBO making-of featurette that is only mildly interesting; four featurettes ("Drew's Trailer Tour," "Bev and Ray's House: Re-creating Reality," "The Cars," and "Beverly and Jason: Sons and Lovers") which add up to a grand total of around 13 minutes; a few theatrical trailers; and some cast and crew filmographies.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Drew Barrymore demonstrates her versatility and continued willingness to take artistic chances by playing a working-class mom, warts and all, in this generally lighthearted but occasionally moving drama. Barrymore sparkles as Beverly Donofrio, the real-life scribe whose memoirs were slightly laundered for film adaptation. An ebullient but wayward teen, Beverly is impregnated by a well-meaning dullard (Steve Zahn) and raises her child, with a little help from her parents (Lorraine Bracco and James Woods), when her underemployed spouse becomes addled by liquor and drugs. Beverly, who has always dreamed of being a writer, continually tries to enter college, but unexpected maternal emergencies always intrude on her quest for self-improvement. If Beverly sounds like one of Hollywood’s typically noble mothers, she's not: This young woman likes to complain that the fates have conspired to ruin her life, and she’s reluctant to admit that her circumstances were at least partially determined by the bad choices she made. This whiney trait casts her in an unflattering light -- but it also makes her a more believable character. Penny Marshall (A League of Their Own) directs with an awareness of the countless little indignities endured by parents with limited means. Refreshingly disdainful of formulaic narrative contrivances, Riding in Cars with Boys feels a lot closer to the truth and, therefore, a lot more compelling. Barrymore supplies a commentary for the DVD, which also sports four behind-the-scenes featurettes, an HBO making-of documentary, trailers, and production notes.
New York Times
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. Stephen Holden
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

A film like this is refreshing and startling in the way it cuts loose from formula and shows us confused lives we recognize.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
UPC:
0043396064560
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:11:00

Special Features

Commentary by Drew Barrymore; HBO making-of special; four behind-the-scenes featurettes; production notes; filmographies; trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Drew Barrymore Beverly Donofrio
Steve Zahn Ray Hasek
Brittany Murphy Fay Forrester
Adam Garcia Jason Donofrio
Lorraine Bracco Mrs. Donofrio
Sara Gilbert Tina
Maggie Gyllenhaal Amelia
James Woods Mr. Donofrio
Desmond Harrington Bobby
David Moscow Lizard
Peter Facinelli Tommy Butcher
Marisa Ryan Janet Donofrio
Mika Boorem Beverly (Age 11)
Skye McCole Bartusiak Amelia (Age 8)
Logan Lerman Jason (Age 8)
Cody Arens Jason (Age 6)
Logan Arens Jason (Age 3)
Celine Marget Janet (Age 8)
Robin Paul Student

Technical Credits
Penny Marshall Director
Julie Ansell Producer
James L. Brooks Producer
Sara Colleton Producer
Lawrence Jordan Editor
Laurence Mark Producer
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Richard Sakai Producer
Morgan Upton Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Morgan Ward Screenwriter
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [2:53]
2. A Woman at 11 [9:14]
3. The Party [3:47]
4. Ray Meets Bev [3:57]
5. In Cars With Boys [7:10]
6. "Please Marry Me." [2:21]
7. Taking Fay's Advice [2:47]
8. Plans Go Awry [2:12]
9. The Wedding Reception [8:09]
10. "This Is Our Place!" [3:14]
11. Two Weeks Late [2:56]
12. "It's a Boy." [5:54]
13. D-I-V-O-R-C-E [3:10]
14. Scholarship Interview [1:52]
15. "Where Were You?" [5:36]
16. Backyard High [5:17]
17. Jason's Birthday Party [4:59]
18. California Offer [4:56]
19. "I'm a Junkie." [2:26]
20. Cold Turkey [5:19]
21. Goodnight & Goodbye [9:29]
22. Drying Weed [2:11]
23. Fay's Deal With Dennis [4:52]
24. Shirley & Ray [7:11]
25. Best Thing He Ever Did [2:47]
26. Incredibly Screwed Up [3:01]
27. "You Saved Me." [3:50]
28. "All I Have to Do Is Dream" [9:29]

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Riding in Cars With Boys 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful performances by all the characters. This shows family dysfuntion in a true light. Loved Drew Barrymore, James Woods and Adam Garcia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie but couldn't they have had somebody other than Drew Barrymore as the star? I don't like her. Her son is so funny as a kid!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of most of Drew Barrymore's movies I truly enjoyed watching this. It provides an insight to what pregnant teenagers go through not to mention showing exactly why teenage pregnancy is bad both for mother, father, and child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an okay but sweet and sad film. we have an early mom and how she wishes she could change some of the mistakes but can't and must accept it. cool that sara gilbert and brittany murhpy's in it, who was just funny as her best friend especially when they were teens. steve zahn was interesting and also funny. had no idea peter facinelli was in it and he was just cute. drew barrymore did a good job with her role. check this film once in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked that dream song!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a great movie. In my opinion Drew Barrymore gave her best performance to date. I thought it was very realistic and it touched my heart. It made me laugh and cry. I recommend for you to watch it if you want to see a feel good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this movie alot cause I like Memiors and I really enjoy hearin bout other peoples lives and crying for them and laughing for them this movie really touched my heart I liked it alot. If anybody saw or paid close atention at the end where thre the dad and her were singign His eyes rolled upp into his head it was scarry. An e ways I liked it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is certainly one of Drew Barrymore's best. But my first and foremost favorite movie of hers is the Wedding Singer. Riding in Cars, is a great story, that will keep you in stitches and in tears through out the movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the movie that is why i am doing the book for a book report! BUt i cant find any info. on Donofrio but oh Well! But Drew did an awsome performence her son was adorable and its a film teenage girls can relate to even if they arent pregnant. The only thing is that they changed some things from the real book!
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