Drew Barrymore stars in this witty yet heartbreaking story as Beverly, a girl who goes, well, Riding in Cars with Boys. The story chronicles her life from the age of 15 up to 35 and excellently portrays young Beverly's heartache at falling pregnant and being railroaded into marriage to a lovable junkie (Steve Zahn) by her father. As opportunities seem to always fall through or pass her by, Beverly sees no-one else to blame but her unwanted son, who grows up to despise his mother (played by Adam Garcia).
This film sounds a little wishy-washy, but is in fact both interesting and at times very touching. Barrymore is excellent, especially as a young misguided teen who happens to make one wrong decision that changes her life. As the 35 year old, she is a little less believable, but still seems to have the strong and forceful personality that only a mother can have. Zahn is superb as the useless but lovable rogue and Garcia plays the role of disgruntled son well too, despite the fact he is a year older than Barrymore in real life!
Hats off to director Penny Marshall who gives the film a fast paced feel, even when the story seems to be going nowhere. It is difficult to make comparisons to any other films, but in some ways it is similar to Erin Brockovich, both of them being based on true stories about struggling women.
I would most definitely recommend this title, it is thoroughly enjoyable and worth a look.