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Never Been Kissed
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Starring: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Fox 2000 Pictures
Web Site: foxmovies.../neverbeenkissed/
Kiddie Movie: Nah - it's about high school - don't give them any ideas early.
Date Movie: She might like it.
Gratuitous Sex: Some hinted high school sex.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: A few.
Memorable Scene: None.
Memorable Quote: None.
Directed By: Raja Gosnell
Produced By: Sandy Isaac, Nancy Juvonen

Never Been Kissed
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:47 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
You know, after seeing "Never Been Kissed" I still don't know if I like it or not. It wasn't bad, and it wasn't great, and I don't know if more could have been done with it or not, so I guess I'll just say it was okay.

The story is built around Josie, played by Drew Barrymore, who is a copy editor at a Chicago newspaper. She wants to be an investigative journalist rather than an editor, and even though she keeps coming up with good story ideas, they get shoveled off to other writers so Josie just has to keep correcting other people's work. Then one day the big boss decides he wants a story about high school and then decides to send Josie as the undercover student. 25 year old Josie is now a high school senior.

So Josie, who, the first time around, hated her high school experience is sent back, and she looks at it as her chance to not be "Josie Grossy" anymore. But she is still herself, ends up with the "nerd" crowd and no story instead of the "in" crowd with the drugs, drinking, and debauchery. Her editor isn't pleased, and it takes her brother going back to high school to help her save her job. Well, sort of, because now Josie doesn't want to do the story on the teacher trying to get in the pants of the high school student that her editor wants because, well, she's the "student" whose pants the teacher is trying to get in, and yea, she is in love with the teacher.

I guess my indifference about the movie comes in the fact that there really isn't a story in trying to go undercover in a high school because things don't really change that much, except maybe for the metal detectors, and Josie even says this in her final article on the subject. Had the movie not been a romantic comedy I think it could have better shown some new problems and scandals in high schools today, but keeping things fluffy limited the movie to what everyone already knows about kids in high school. Sure, there was the love story aspect of the movie, and the fact that Josie has never been kissed (Can you guess the ending? I thought you could..) plays throughout, but the going back to high school thing didn't work for me.

There were some laughs, and I just about always like Drew Barrymore, but the movie just didn't seem to use the "going back to high school" story line as well as it could have.

So, it's 2 stars out of 5 for "Never Been Kissed." I still don't know why.

That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!

 

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