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Let's get this straight: Drew Barrymore started a production company to develop original scripts outside of Hollywood and the first project she chose to produce was this, a romantic comedy written by USC grads Abby Kohn and Mark Silverstein about a nerdy, virginal woman who returns to high school as an undercover reporter, finally gets to be popular, and falls in love. And Barrymore decided, as producer, that the perfect actress to play this virtuous, clean-cut, and downright annoying geek would be... Drew Barrymore? It's hard to believe that afterThe Wedding SingerBarrymore's not getting enough dopey, formulaic, predictable romantic comedies coming across her desk. The complete inability to buy Barrymore as unattractive, awkward, and unpopular ruinsNever Been Kissedfrom the start, but it's doubtful a better actress could have saved it. The jokes fall flat, the romance between Barrymore and her English teacher (played by Michael Vartan) lacks chemistry, and the portrayals of high school and the newspaper newsroom is clichéd and uninspired (big surprise here: the director, Raja Gosnell, previously madeHome Alone 3). Gosnell can't even give the gifted character actor, John C. Reilly, anything to do. Only David Arquette, who plays Barrymore's out-of-control brother, brings any energy to the film.--Dave McCoy
i had a like-hate relationship with this movie this movie to me is giving out messages about how society treats misfits. What is wrong with never being kissed? They make it out to be a really bad thing and the high school kids seem really rude, kids at that age aren't always like that though at times they can be cruel. And there is more to high school than geeks vs. nerds like this movie makes it out to be and being popular isn't everything
Got what I paid for Although the cover was slightly sunwashed, the movie itself was in good condition, so no complaints because I got it for a fairly decent price.Chick Flick at its Worst Having just spent one of my valuable evenings suffering this in order to show just how much I love my wife, I cannot think of one good thing to say about this movie. The characters were thin, the acting woody and the humour predictable and childish. As for the plot... what plot? There simply wasn't any storyline worthy of the name. I suffered and cringed throughout and cheered when it finished (because it finished, that is). I hated it.
My wife? She sat riveted, cried her eyes out at the sloppy ending and absolutely loved it.
If there ever was a movie that explained the phenomenon of the "Chick Flick", this is it.