Never Been Kissed (1999)

Never Been Kissed (1999)
  • Time: 107 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Raja Gosnell
  • Cast: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Molly Shannon, Michael Vartan, John C. Reilly


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.

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  • There’s something about a beautiful woman who is not afraid to make a fool of herself. In being flawed, in being one of the mortals — she achieves perfection. The best and still peerless example of this was Carole Lombard, wickedly sexy standing still; even more so sporting a fat lip, a compress tied atop her head and swinging at Fredric March in Nothing Sacred. Or romping through My Man Godfrey as a daffy socialite gaga over William Powell’s suave homeless man turned family butler.

    Every so often, a beautiful actress will reveal her wacky side and critics (including yours truly) will most likely liken her to a modern-day Carole Lombard. Cameron Diaz was the most recent recipient of this comparison for her turn in There’s Something About Mary. Drew Barrymore makes a royal fool of herself in her latest film, Never Been Kissed, but it would be incorrect to label her as her generation’s Lombard. For one thing, her resume isn’t chock full of comedic roles. For another, she doesn’t bite like Lombard does. But Barrymore doesn’t mean to bite, she means to beam and when Barrymore beams, this crazy mess of a world is turned right.

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