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Never Been Kissed [1999] [DVD]

Drew Barrymore , David Arquette , Raja Gosnell    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly
  • Directors: Raja Gosnell
  • Writers: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Jeffrey Downer, Nancy Juvonen, Sandy Isaac
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Jun 2000
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SC89
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,941 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 after The Wedding Singer Barrymore's not getting enough dopey, formulaic, predictable romantic comedies coming across her desk. The complete inability to buy Barrymore as unattractive, awkward, and unpopular ruins Never Been Kissed from 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 made Home 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, Amazon.com --This text refers to the VHS edition of this video

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Never Been Kissed [1999] [DVD] [DVD] (2000) Drew Barrymore; David Arquette

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film 22 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
First of all I have to disagree whole-heartedly with the 'official' review of this film. Never Been Kissed is a wonderful, feel-good movie that will leave you with a huge smile on your face long after it's ended.
I'm not a 'teen' and I still enjoyed it thoroughly. Drew Barrymore is great and totally believeable as the nerd who is an ugly duckling on the outside but a swan on the inside, who returns to school for an undercover job as a reporter, where she ultimately finds herself.
When I saw this at the pictures, the whole audience was totally absorbed by the film and vocally sympathised with Josie's humiliating flashbacks and laughed out loud at her charming awkwardness.
David Arquette as her 'cool' and 'popular' brother was inspired casting and Michael Vartan as the teacher she falls for plays his part perfectly.
These three actors alone make the film well worthwhile. Watch it and see.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny, uplifting romantic comedy 29 Nov 2002
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
While the plot is not airtight, Never Been Kissed succeeds because it does not try to be anything other than what it is--a quirky, fun romantic comedy. I adore Drew Barrymore, and she is wonderful in this movie, allowing us to see her as a pitiful, geeky teenager, a plain and mousy young lady, and ultimately as a beautiful, self-confident woman. Josie Geller (Barrymore) is a copy editor at a Chicago newspaper who desperately wants to be a reporter. The eccentric head of the newspaper selects her to go back to high school undercover and produce a story about today's teenaged youths. Excitement turns to horror as Josie flashes back to her torturous high school days as "Josie Grossie," but she puts all of her effort into fitting in with her new classmates. She eventually "transitions" from geek-dom to join the cool group and develops a real connection with her English teacher Mr. Coulson (Michael Vartan from TV's "Alias"). Predictably, things go screwy on prom night, but Josie manages to deliver a story that has all of Chicago talking.
The flashbacks to Josie's teenaged years, especially the prom night fiasco, are incredibly touching and painful to watch. The chance to go back to high school and be one of the cool, popular people is almost every geek's ultimate fantasy; as this movie shows, though, such acceptance by your teenaged peers does not guarantee happiness--what matters most is being true to yourself and to your real friends. The love story component of the movie ends up seeming a little rushed and could have used a little more foundational structure, but its culmination is a beautiful, heartwarming thing. Along the way, there are plenty of laughs, as Josie's attempts to fit in at high school are both pitiful and hilarious.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never been kissed, a great comedy..... 6 Sep 2000
Format:DVD
I must admit after reading the cover of the DVD and finding out that Drew Barrymore played a geek I was not sure that the film would work. I am glad to say that I had to eat humble pie, Drew is a superb comedy actress and holds the film together brilliantly. How often does a romantic comedy get the balance right between comedy and romance, well this one does, whilst being funny is still manages develop an interesting plotline about American high school life and how shallow and superficial this environment really is. This film gets a big thumbs up, I cannot wait for Drew's next comedy offering...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Drew Barrymore at her finest! Josie Geller makes you smile, makes you cry and makes you cringe behind your cushion - God i hope we weren't like that at school.....were we?
There's fun, tears, romance and a fine looking man! What more do you need? You can't help but watch this film over and over again. Definitely a must for those girlie nights in with tea and toast! Thank God it's out on video soon! You'll love it - i promise!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 17 Dec 2006
Format:DVD
I reccomend anyone that loves comedies to watch this! I am not a big fan of comedies, but this is really great! If you disliked american pie, don't hesitate to watch this, as it is much better!

A chic flick comedy with some funny parts to it. Drew really rocks in this!
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching! 23 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
Though the plot is not terribly original - a girl who was a geek in high school wanting to be one of the cool girls, falling in love with her teacher, there is enough to this film to make it worth watching.
Drew Barrymore plays Josie, sent back to high school, undercover, to do a report on today's youth. She desperately wants to do well, as this is the big chance she has been waiting for.
It's not that easy, though. When she was an actual high school student, she was far from popular. Now, on return, it all seems to go the very same way.
She requests the help of her brother, whose wish it has always been to be part of a football team. Everyone immediately loves him, and by pretending to have been Josie's boyfriend and still being crushed that it wasn't meant to be, she slowly becomes accepted.
Except... there is that really cute teacher, who thinks she is a teenager and thus out of his reach...
This film is sweet and I genuinly cared for Drew's character, sometimes cringing on her behalf. And the end scene... I so wanted it to go well!
Yes, it is predictable, yes, it is another film set in an American High School and yes, the storyline on the whole isn't amazingly original. But it's done well and it is one of those lovely feel-good movies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too American and lacking in depth
This was far too American for my tastes - the storyline was OK, the acting good but the whole setting was too geared towards the US market with some scenes totally alien to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by The German Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Best
Favourite film! Great package and quick service! Very cheap! Will recommend this DVD to friends if they looking for this dvd
Published 4 months ago by KIRSTY-ERICA
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff, if you like predictable rom-coms.
Romantic comedies were somehow lighter and cleaner in the 1990s. Drew Barrymore was in her 20s when she starred in this, as a pedantic copy writer who longs to be a journalist. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
Good movie
The DVD arrived quickly and the quality is excellent. Great easy to watch movie and good value for money product.
Published 7 months ago by Val Sheridan
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
Lovely light hearted romantic story. Great price. Saw the end of this story on TV and just had to get the DVD to find out the rest.
Published 14 months ago by soso
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
An easy to watch film, showing innocence, laughter and love. Not taxing on the brain just relax sit back and enjoy
Published 14 months ago by Julie Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film
I bought this dvd as part of my birthday money, ive always loved the film. Ive watched it on a girly night with my mum and sister.
Published 15 months ago by alisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing film!!
I loved this film when it first came out - bought it for my 13 year old, who loves it just as much.
Published 16 months ago by Ling
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
She wasnt really show her normal quality of her acting. The story was good, but this is just a "if you cant find anything better watch it but dont hope for anything touching" movie... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Veronika
4.0 out of 5 stars Great feel good film
For anyone who has ever felt ugly this is a great film. Somewhat predictable and far-fetched as the best stories often are, this is an entertaining film.
Published 19 months ago by ShopperGirl
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