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Never Been Kissed (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 9 April 1999 (USA)
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A newspaper reporter enrolls in high school as part of research for a story.

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Raja Gosnell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Josie Geller
David Arquette ... Rob Geller
Michael Vartan ... Sam Coulson
Molly Shannon ... Anita
John C. Reilly ... Gus
Garry Marshall ... Rigfort
Sean Whalen ... Merkin
Cress Williams ... George
Octavia Spencer ... Cynthia (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Sarah DeVincentis Sarah DeVincentis ... Rhoda
Allen Covert ... Roger in Op-Ed
Armand Reiser Armand Reiser ... Dutton
David Doty David Doty ... Hairplug Bruns
Derek Morgan ... Armcast Henson (as Derrick Morgan)
Kathleen Marshall ... Sun-Times Worker
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Storyline

Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career. Written by KGF Vissers

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The Class Clown Just Turned Chic. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sex-related material and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Been Kissed See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,836,707, 11 April 1999

Gross USA:

$55,474,756

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$84,565,230
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jordan Ladd, who plays Gibby, is the daughter of Cheryl Ladd, who co-starred with Drew Barrymore in "Poison Ivy." See more »

Goofs

After Josie gets the hidden camera pin, we see an almost head to toe shot of her walking up to her locker. After Guy and his friends go by, Josie walks up to the kid with fliers and we see that there is something now wrapped around her left ankle/leg. See more »

Quotes

Josie Geller: I'm not Josie Grossie anymore!
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The closing credits feature school photos of the cast and crew. See more »

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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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A Girl Named Happiness (Never Been Kissed)
Written by Jeremy Jordan and Chuck Luongo
Performed by Jeremy Jordan
Produced by Glen Ballard
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Can't hate anything with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba in the cast list...
11 June 2001 | by Victor FieldSee all my reviews

The nice thing about Drew Barrymore - or, to paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, ONE of the nice things for there are several - is that she's willing to try almost anything from "Guncrazy" to "Ever After" (although I suspect she would draw the line at "Bad Girls 2"). In this appealing though predictable teen flick, she's an eager writer for a newspaper given a chance to prove she can do more by going undercover to see what today's teens are up to in high school, and finds that nothing's really changed.

Drew is as engaging as ever whether appearing in class way too overdressed or dancing on stage while on drugs (relax, the film's overall pretty inoffensive), and it may have been prophetic that her joke about having been named Josie after the leader of a cartoon rock band goes over the head of her best friend at school (the film version of "Josie and the Pussycats" was a box office flop in America). The movie isn't exactly surprising, and won't appeal to anyone who insists on teen films having acid in their veins - but then again, the edgier "Jawbreaker" wasn't just bad-spirited, it was BAD, period. Call me soppy, but I like a happy ending, and this does have one (even The Prettiest Girls In School don't turn out to be that horrid in the end).

If only the Seekers' "Free To Be You And Me" (which Drew and her friends sing along to in a car in one scene) and some of David Newman's sweet score had been on the soundtrack album, but that's not a problem exclusive to this film; what with this and "Charlie's Angels" (not to mention "Olive, the Other Reindeer") Barrymore's record as a producer is a lot better than, say, Michelle Pfeiffer's. And as I said in the summary, you get Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba in the same movie (this is a Twentieth Century Fox movie in more ways than one).


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