Add your rating See all 23 kid reviews. Eager to prove herself as a reporter, she goes undercover as a high school student to report on what's going on in the lives of teenagers -- and quickly discovers that she's desperate to use her adult competence to triumph over her hideously humiliating memories of being unpopular and find a way to fit in.
Never Been Kissed Review By Rob Blackwelder If I see one more high school movie that uses a Literature class Shakespearelesson as a metaphor for raging hormones and whatever else the screenwriteris trying to put across, I swear I'm going to throttle someone.
But such ridiculously hackneyed plot devices are the leastof the problem with "Never Been Kissed," the most agonizing flickever made by Drew Barrymorean endearing actress with regrettably badtaste in scripts.
The good news about "Never Been Kissed" is thatBarrymore -- playing a Chicago Sun-Times reporter who goes back to highschool for an undercover story about "today's teens" -- givesan adorably comical performance as a skittish, confirmed dork, more desperatethan ever for her second chance to fit in.
What's more, the girl can takea pratfall like Dick Van Dyke in a dress. But there's far more bad news than good: Barrymore is thesingular tent pole holding up this current clear-front-runner for the worstscreenplay of the year.
She starts the film as a convincingly mousy, reclusive,school marm-like copy editor who has never had a day of romance in herlife thus the title.
So naturally, Josie Barrymore begins her incognitoassignment cluelessly dressing like a Contempo Casuals reject circa and falling in where she feels most comfortable -- with the science wonks.
But at the insistence of her flatly drawn editor John C. Reilly"BoogieNights" she sucks up to the cool kidsand makes a fool of herself in the process. Then her stuck-in-a-rut older brother David Arquette also enrolls, thinking this going back to high school thing would be agreat way to launch a baseball career?
Before long and per formulashe forgoes her true butnerdy friends for afternoons at the mall with a gaggle of girls whose spaghetti-strappedtank tops have more personality than they do. Ultimately, of course, shemust recover her conscience and give a speech at the prom about being trueto yourself.
It's an asinine scenario to be sure, but I was willingto overlook the connect-the-dots plot for a while because Barrymore wascracking me up. Among its few high points, the picture features funny andtragic flashbacks of a pimple-prone, brace-face Josie being stood up forthe prom in a hideous pink mylar dress -- and Barrymore carries it offbeautifully.
But the insistently inane and implausible circumstancesof the story soon crush all the joy out of watching Drew give great dork.
Let's skip right over the wild journalistic inaccuracies,like the fact that editors at respectable newspapers don't try to fabricatescandals about high school teachers and don't have high-tech surveillancevans to monitor undercover reporters wearing micro cameras built into theirjewelry.
Instead, let's focus on the way every pathetic jerk forwardin the plot just screams "setup! Jordan's king of the in-crowd statusis identified in his first scene by the way he decrees "'Rufus' ismy new cool word. Ironically, this kid has zero credibility as a class stud.
The cocky dreamboat as an androgynous, doe-eyed, guitar-playing, poundBeck look-a-like? At my high school, that kid hung out behind the art buildinggetting stoned and was beat up a lot by the football players.
Written by first-timers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein,and director by Raja Gosnell "Home Alone 3""Never BeenKissed" is a sloppy, discombobulated mess and I could give a dozenexamples of how it becomes exponentially insipid.
But forget that longlist, here's the kicker: Arquette pretends to have dated Josie in one sceneand co-hosts a kegger as her bother later in the same reel.
Also to the movie's detriment, the romantic lead is a potentialpedophile. Josie's winsome Lit teacher Michael Vartan becomes smittenwith her before he finds out she's really There have been worse movies this year -- two of them, "She'sAll That" and "Jawbreaker," also high school pictures -- but those at least might have looked passableon paper.
But if it weren't for Barrymore, Shannon and Sobieski,this would be the worst movie I've seen this year.
To put it succinctly: Drew, stick to acting.NEVER BEEN KISSED, starring Drew Barrymore, follows a year old reporter for the Chicago Sun Times who goes back to high school to write an expose in a Generation X meets Baby Kaboom comedy. Having some sexual discussion and some underage drinking, this .
Apr 09, · Watch video · Share this Rating. Title: Never Been Kissed () 6 / Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.6/10(K). Never Been Kissed, like so many coulda-shoulda-woulda-been-good movies, starts out strong.
Then it loses its nerve in the third act, substituting a fuzzy emotional spectacle for a coherent conclusion. Never Been Kissed starts pretty incredulously: we are supposed to believe that Drew Barrymore is a copy editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. No, that's not the stretch: The jaw-dropper is .
Never been kissed is one of those movies that's so sappy and schmaltzy at times, particularly in a few scenes at the end that the limits of believability are sorely .
If I see one more high school movie that uses a Literature class Shakespearelesson as a metaphor for raging hormones and whatever else the screenwriteris trying to put across, I swear I'm going to.