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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 (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SC89
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) is twenty five and has ambitions to be the youngest copy editor at a major newspaper. However, her track record in relationships is not so impressive: in fact, she has never shaken off her geeky reputation from school, and never really been kissed. She gets a chance to belatedly misspend her youth, however, when she masquerades as a high school student for a writing assignment. Can she keep her journalistic integrity in the face of adolescent temptation?

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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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4.5 out of 5 stars

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on 22 Mar. 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 17 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2002
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 By PAUL SHARPE-DEACON on 6 Sept. 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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kittiara on 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 May 2000
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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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. She is finally given an undercover assignment.. at a local high school.

The story was somewhat unlikely, the script a bit tired; there weren't any laugh-aloud moments, and the ending was predictable. Nevertheless, this is a nicely done film, with some good acting, and some rather shocking insights into American high schools, albeit (I assume) rather caricatured.

Recommended for anyone who likes this genre, and wants a fluffy hour and a half that's a bit different from the average rom-com. Rated 12, which I think is about right - no real violence, no nudity, no intimacy, although there are many discussions about it, including one fairly explicit (albeit humorous) scene in the classroom.
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