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There are so many romantic comedies out there nowadays and some are good and some not so good. Never been kissed with Drew Barrymore is one of the better ones in my opinion. I've always enjoyed watching Drew Barrymore in alot of the movies she appears in over the years. This particular one was released in 1999. Drew Barrymore plays a young journalist learing the ropes by the name of Josie Geller. She gets a huge break when she has the chance to prove what she's got and can write a copy as well as edit it. But there is a twist and in order to acheive what she has to, she must go undercover as a High school student. Unfortunately this only serves to relive the nightmare that she suffered at school first time around. She was a geek when she used to attend school a few years before and must go through that again. It was her brother at the time that started nicknames for her but is her brother this time around that helps her out when things get rough second time around proving he is not that bad but was just trying to maintain his popularity. I really felt that this movie was charming and at the same time pretty funny. There are some great moments that are fantastic. I actually found this movie funnier the more times I've watched as you pick up on things that you missed before. The supporting cast to a great job as well as the main actors in this movie. Even though this movie is essentially a romantic comedy but there are also some more serious issues addressed too such as bullying at school and discovering yourself and growing in confidence all over again which is what Josie does in this film when she confronts her nightmares head on. None of this gets in the way of the humour though and just adds to the substance of it all. I would highly recommend this movie and if you like your romantic comedies you could do far worse than buying this DVD.
I saw this film a long time ago, and i still love cuddling up and watching it!! The film stars Drew Barrymore who to me is a great actress!! It was released in 2000, making it 9 years old now, but in my honest opinion, this film is not outdated. The Plot Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) a young woman from America, is about to experience a massive change in her life. She is the youngest editor at a big city newspaper (Chicago sun times), but it takes a long time to be accepted as a journalist. Her character is nerdy, but her personal life is something else!!!She is 25 years old and has 'never been kissed'. Therefore, for her first assignment, Josie has to go undercover at a local high school. As ever, this leads to problems, laughter and jokes when she finds someone she loves... Advantages This film maybe old but it is very comical and fun. Most people will get straight into the dvd if they like this kind of movie. At times you just want to shout 'Go Josie' at the screen, even though it' not going to make the situation any different. I personally loved this film, it's on for around 90 mins which i thought was too little to be honest. It can also be purchased for quite a low price nowadays from leading stores such as HMV. The film also includes interactive menus, scene access and the original theatrical trailer!! They are really interesting to watch. Disadvantages The disadvantages of this film are that it may not appeal to certain age groups, I would say this film is more for the younger generation but I may be wrong...Also, its for aged 12 and older, so if you have younger children, its up to yourselves. One thing that did annoy me is that the ending is a sort off cliff hanger. I wanted something else to happen... Personally, I think this film is absolutely great and it never fails to make me laugh. I think it is a great buy and would make a great present for a young adult (woman).
I read a nice review on this film and as I haven't seen it before I scheduled it as a treat after a tiring day. I haven't failed; it is a funny comedy that cheers me up. I like Drew Barrymore and I think she is not just beautiful but she is a great actress too. Never Been Kissed is a comedy from 1999. I haven't realised that it is a 10 year old film now. I haven't even heard about it. It was directed by Raja Gosnell and produced by Drew Barrymore's production company (Flower Films). Its classification is 12 years and older. The running time is 103 minutes. It is a really funny comedy. The screenplay was written by Abby Kohn and Mare Silverstein. Raja Gosnell was the director of the comedy Home Alone 3. His other famous films were Big Momma's House, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2, Yours, Mine and Ours and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Cast: ------- Josie Geller (Josie Grossie) - Drew Barrymore Robert Geller - David Arquette (Josie's younger brother) Sam Coulson - Michael Vartan (English teacher) Augustus "Gus" Strauss - John C. Reilly (Josie's superiour) Aldys Martin - Leelee Sobieski (Josie's friend) Guy Perkins - Jeremy Jordan (the most popular guy int he high school) Gibby - Jordan Ladd (one of the most popular girls in the school) Kirsten - Jessica Alba (one of the most popular girls in the school) Kristen - Marley Shelton (one of the most popular girls in the school) Anita Olesky - Molly Shannon (Josie's colleague and friend) James Rigfort - Garry Marshall (editor-in-chief) The story -------------- Josie is the youngest copy-editor of Chicago Sun-Times. Her dream is to become a reporter. She tells her story ideas to her boss, Gus, who uses her idea but doesn't really believe in her becoming a reporter. The dictator editor-in-chief, James Rigfort wants a story about the high schools. He sends Josie back to high school as an undercover reporter to write a great story. She has to face again those years when she was called geek and Josie Grossie. She gets some friends and her English teacher, the handsome Sam Coulson pays a lot of attention on her. How can she survive the high school again? Can she write the great story her boss wants? Watch the film and you will have the answers. My opinion --------------- I had got exactly what I wanted for tonight. It was a funny comedy with happy ending. It was predictable more or less but I didn't really care as there were great twists in the story. I liked the story itself and the actors performed quite well. I like Drew Barrymore and she was brilliant again. She has so many faces she can be beautiful and ugly easily and acts really great. She was a perfect match for the role of Josie. She could show us the personality of Josie and her emotions, how she felt when she was a sacrifice and when she was successful. I loved the supportive handsome English teacher. lol Michael Vartan had a very sensual role to play and he did it great. He was authentic. I will check his other films as well, he played in Alias as I have read but haven't seen it yet. I have to mention also Molly Shannon who played Josie's friend and colleague. She was brilliant too. She had to play a funny woman and she did it great. I loved the scene when she teaches how to use a condom. The soundtrack of the film is really good. The music fits very well the events in the film. You can hear Madonna's Like a prayer or John Lennon's Watching the Wheels. To sum up, it is a film mostly for women again. I recommend you if you like high school romantic comedies. There are a lot of funny scenes in it and the story is absolutely great. You can see great performances and moving scenes with authentic acting.
I first bought this film on video and then upgraded to DVD it is a light and fluffy romantic comedy which isn't too a bad thing in my opinion. The film stars Drew Barrymore, Michael Varton and David Arquette. The plot is as follows... Josie Gellar (Drew Barrymore) is a 25 year old loner who at school was highly unpopular, she now works as a copy editor for the Chicago Sun Times. The one thing Josie wants in her life is to be a reporter. As a way of trying to fulfill this she constantly hands in ideas for reports to her boss, Gus (John C. Reilly). Then one day the editor-in-chief gives Josie an assignment, which is to go undercover at a high school. The report will highlight that parents should be more aware of their children's activities and lives. With the help of her best friend Anita who also works at the paper, Josie must venture back to school. A place she hated the first time around, Josie instantly becomes the geek again. In steps her brother (David Arquette) to help, from here she has to learn to let go of the past. This way she can move on and be able to continue with her story. Josie also begins a friendship with her English teacher, Sam (Michael Varton) but could there ever be more to their friendship especially when he believes that Josie is only 17 years old. The running time for the film is 103 minutes. Both Drew Barrymore and Michael Varton share great chemistry, and David Arquette play's a good part as the brother to Drew's character. His character is funny and also helpful to his sister as she tries to become one of the popular kids. Drew Barrymore shows a vulnerable side to the character of Josie you feel sorry for her having to return to a place which caused her misery. As the film progresses the character grows up and puts the past to rest. The film has a bit of comedy thrown in, whether it be Josie ending up in an embarrassing situation or being clumsy. It is also a very sweet romance that is very watchable, the end of the film being perfect if a little predictable but romantic comedies usually are. I've had my copy on DVD a while now but you can buy it from Amazon for £3.98, the price of the film is a bargain and well worth it in my opinion. For a feel good film, give Never Been Kissed a go
note: also appears in part on Flixster and The Student Room Never Been Kissed is a film that I never really expected to like - I tend to dismiss these sort of films - that is, chick flicks - as vapid and baseless films that do little to satisfy anyone outside of their target audience, but this film actually has a fair degree of charm, largely thanks to a winning lead performance from Drew Barrymore in the lead role. It also skewers the high school cultural conventions quite aptly. Josie Gellar (Drey Barrymore) is a 25-year old woman who was a nerd at high school and so has never been kissed, as preposterous as that is (and it still would have been smarter to cast someone more "normal" looking in the lead role). She now works as a copy editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, and is one day assigned by her editor Rigfort (Garry Marshall) to go undercover at a local high school and report on the happenings there. She agrees, and goes, settling back into her role as a geeky, and befriending resident nerd Aldys (Leelee Sobieski). However, with the help of her brother, Rob (David Arquette), she is able to integrate as a "popular" member of the school and reinvent herself as she sees fit. Of course, the problem is the fear that the news will get out of her real identity as she begins to form genuine bonds with the other students. I'll admit that I quite liked this. Somehow it didn't seem like a throwback to John Hughes comedies of yesteryear, and it actually made me laugh. A lot of the credit goes to Drew Barrymore, who has rarely been better cast, and although this is glossed to look like a film only women will enjoy, it's actually quite a fun mockery of just how vapid and unimportant those formative high school years really are.
Never been kissed was released in 1999 and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film was also produced by Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films. Never been kissed is rated 12 and runs for 103 minutes. Josie Geller is a young copy editor at a big newspaper but is dying to be taken seriously as a journalist. She is very much a nerd with bad dress sense and an even worse social life. Josie is constantly sending her boss ideas for stories that never get chosen but during a staff meeting she gets chosen to go undercover at a local high school. Josie was never popular in high school the first time around and now at 25 she hasn't had a real boyfriend and has never had a proper kiss either. When Josie's brother Rob see's how much of a hard time she's having, he decides to use everything he knows about being popular in high school to help and also enrols. Josie's new life at high school the second time around doesn't start off as everything she hoped for but Rob keeps assuring everyone that she's amazing. She gets sucked into a lot of things that aren't really her and struggles to remember who she really is but will she get the happy ending she deserves without hurting everyone she cares about? Cast Josie - Drew Barrymore Rob - David Arquette Sam - Michael Vartan Aldys - Leelee Sobieski Gus - Jeremy Jordan Never been kissed is loosely based on the undercover work of a reporter from the San Francisco Chronical ho also went back to high school. Shann Nix, the reporter, never had feelings for a teacher and never described herself as unpopular the first time round. I normally find Drew Barrymore very hit and miss in her films but this was one of the ones I loved her in. I thought she played both the geek and the popular girl really well and it was really funny watching all the mistakes she made. Her performance was really believable and I think a lot of girls will be able to connect with her character. David Arquette as Rob was the best part of this film for me. He's funny, quirky at times and fits really well as the popular guy. I really liked that although Rob went back to high school to help his sister, he also went back to have another shot at his dreams. Although I thought Rob's character would be quite flat and not very interesting to begin with, I soon realised he was much deeper. Never been kissed is very much a chick flick but with a slightly different edge to it. I really loved the way that the story was split in two and focused both on Josie's life at high school and at the newspaper where she works. I thought the film had a great message to kids that not everything that happens in school is that important. Although the story is very predictable, there are many moments that made me laugh but also ones that made me really feel for some of the characters. There is no bad language throughout and only a few small references to sex so Never been kissed will appeal to quite a wide audience, mostly towards girls though.
Drew Barrymore shines as always in this romantic comedy with underlying social themes. This movie has been highly acclaimed by The Boston Globe and the New York Post for being "A Triumph!" and highly praised Drew Barrymore for being "Brilliant" in the movie. I will have to say that I completely agree with them on all counts. The plot is about an ex-geek, ex-bullied newspaper reporter Josie Geller who finally gets her big break as she is sent undercover to play a high school student. The problem is that her own high school experience has been worse than a nightmare: She used to be known as "Josie-Grossy" and has been the victim of the cruelest pranks and jokes. Drew Barrymore as young Josie is heart-wrenchingly marvellous as she plays the most bullied girl at school. Many of these scenes have made me cry because of the realistic aspect of it all. One can only imagine the pain and disenchantment at the heart of such a left-our and tortured character. Drew Barrymore draws the line between the popular kids at school and those who are left in the background as she incarnates both teenage and adult Josie. In addition, I love the way that she depicts the long-term repercussions of bullying. Like English teacher in the movie says, "when we're in disguise, we feel better", and that is exactly what Drew Barrymore goes on to show as the adult Josie who feels like she is having a second chance at living high school all over again. However, the movie remains true to its main thematic element as it shows how the effects of years and years of bullying turned the adult Josie into an awkward, insecure and plain person. Will a second chance at high school change that or will it make the repercussions of being bullied even worse? What I like about this movie is that despite his dark theme, it remains true to the very essence of Romantic Comedies. Yes, it is a really romantic movie despite the fact that the main theme is bullying. I will not elaborate on the elements which turn this film into a romantic comedy for fear of giving spoilers away but I would say that it will give you that warm glow in your heart! The cast is fresh and dynamic and there is some terrific dialogue included. Overall, this is certainly a movie to watch. The feel-good fuzzy feeling is most certainly there! Thanks for reading!
Never been kissed is a heartwarming film, that tells the story of Josie (played by Drew Barrymore), a former unpopular high school student who has never been kissed and dreams of becoming a reporter. When she finally gets her breakthrough, she is sent undercover as a student at a high school, and befriends a girl named Aldys who is similiar to how she was in high school. During the course of the film, Josie becomes more and more popular with the help of her brother, who also goes undercover at the same school in order to take part in the baseball team. However, Josie begins to fall for her English teacher, although he still believes she is merely a high school student. As the schools prom gets closer, Josie begins to realise that being popular isn't all its cracked up to be. For less than £5.00, this film is definetily worth it and will keep you entertained from start to finish.
Never Been Kissed really is a fantatsic comedy film that is sure to make you laugh all the way through the film! It was released in 1999 and is overall a very well directed film by Raja Gosnell. The film stars Dre Barrymore, David Arquette and Michael Varton amongst many other great actors who really do make this a fantatsic film. I bought the DVD orginally from Asda for around £10 but you can now get it for just under £5 from Amazon which is an excellent deal. Despite being a 12 I would really recommend this as a family film because it deliver's some great entertainment throughout. The film is about a former unpopular high school student who becomes one of the editors for the Chicago Sun times. Josie (Barrymore) really wants to be a reporter and so she sends lots and lots of ideas to her boss. One day she gets her first break through, where she is too report about a high school. Josie goes back to her unpopular misfit ways and ends up being friends with a similar misfit Aldys (Leelee Sobieski). Over the course of the film Josie becomes more popular and now spends time with a more popular gang whilst sending information back as a reporter! It really is a great plot line that I found easy to follow. I really do think for just £5 this is a film well worth getting because it deliver's some brilliant enteratinmen which is universal in appeal. The soundtrack is also very good and generally fits in well with the movie. I hope this was useful and thank you very much for reading this!
The childhood for simple but intellectual Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Geller was always there to haunt her, even at the age of 25. Josie, known at one stage of her life as Josie Grossie, now has tried to put the past behind her and get on with her life, striving to become a reporter to reach her dreams. Her blood boiling boss gives her the chance for this giving Josie her first reporters assignment, one which can cause both excitement and frightful memories for the former geeky, 'brace faced' editor. Josie is to step back into High School as an undercover reporter to uncover the world of teenage lives, hopefully this time however keeping 'Grossie' strictly in the past. After help from her friends at work and popular yet ambitionless older brother, Josie tries to remake her childhood high School experience and soon to become a popular hit with the students, surely the best way to find out the real dirt on the teenage lifestyle of the school. However High School still has its own ups and downs and when her English teacher melts her heart. After having her job threatened she needs to decide whether the powerful story of a High School teacher falling for a 'student' of his is really worth the possibly heartache. This 1999 film shows a realistic, while slightly exaggerated lifestyle of many teenagers in schools to this day. There are still the popular kids, the geeky kids and the average Joe's who go about as they want keeping a low profile. It is a well thought out romantic comedy, which shows the true ups and lows of life, whether it's from life at school or life in a job to friends, family and romance. Drew Barrymore (Josie) plays a phenomenal role, truly making the audience believe it's almost a documentary it's so real. From her strut down the corridors to the tears in her eyes and heart felt sayings, she plays the part magnificently. David Arquette (Rob, Josie's brother) plays the well supporting older brother looking out and wanting to help his younger sister. Their relationship on screen really shows such a strong relationship off screen with such a compatible pair. Finally, Michael Vartan (Sam the English teaching hockey player), plays such a sensitive and powerful role showing how life can be when some things seem out of reach. While no reference to sex (apart from a harmless scene of condoms) and no swearing throughout the movie it is enjoyable for the whole family, taking it out of the barrier of being thought of just a teenage chick flick. With such a feel good storyline it ends with the audience on a high and happy for the make believe life of Josie Geller. This is a fantastic romantic comedy, with jokes placed selectively with more emphasis. I have seen it many times and being able to be bought for around £4-5 now it is definitely worth a watch. A very enjoyable night in for anyone.
I'm one of those people who love "feel good" movies where good conquers over evil in the end and the guy always gets the girl, or vice versa. "Never Been Kissed" is one of those movies, but is actually a lot deeper than you first expect, even if all the usual components of the hgh school years are there in force. The 'in crowd' and the downtrodden nerd-y types, the leader of the gang (he of the good looks) and the usual ups and downs of the teenage years. Drew Barrymore is a copy editor on a small town rag, 26 and never been kissed - in THAT way - as she explains to her friend in a dreamy yet earnest cameo which I really thought was touching. She now aspires to be a reporter, yet her ideas for assignments get given to other writers as her boss doesn't think she is up to the job of reporting. Well, the newspaper owner wants a story to outdo the rival who consistently manages to upstage them, and who is the only baby face on the crew? You got it - our dear Miss Barrymore. Her character, Josie Geller, goes undercover at the local High School, to do an exposé on the kids and the system. Unfortunately, Josie was a geek during her High School years and is haunted by ghosts from her past. Her brother (played by David Arquette) is a baseball wannabe with a lot of talent, who was always one of the popular kids. He re-enrols too, and in less than a day is part of the in crowd, and begins to tell tales of Josie's exploits in order to make her acceptable to the in crowd. Onr thing she was good at though, is words and Shakespeare, both of which soon makes the English teacher (cute, but I've forgotten his name) begin to notice her. She, in turn, is opening her eyes to him. But he has a girlfriend and may be moving to New York, and he thinks she's 17 and a pupil. There are some really good bits in this movie, especially when Josie goes to a club with friends and unwittingly plonks herself down next to a guy with ganja cake. She pigs out on the cake and loses all inhibitions - the result is a hilarious scene that had hubby and myself holding our sides, we laughed so much. It's got comedy and sadness, poignancy and success. All the things that go together to make one of those gooey sort of movies we all profess to hate and yet watch and find ourselves enjoying. It may not be for some, but I bet most people would find something to like in this.
A couple of months back I was browsing round my local PDSA shop (a charity which , in their own words supports ' pets in need of vets'). As much as I love watching movies , unless I am really desperate to watch a film , I would never buy a brand new DVD at full price. I would much rather wait a couple of months and pay half the price. I think this is a much more sensible approach as it still allows me to see the movie I wanted , yet without burning a hole in my pocket. Anyway , back to browsing in the shop. I much prefer buying DVDs from a charity shop (providing they are of good quality) as you can pick up bargains. For example the other week I managed to buy four videos for a £1. I think that the fact that I have a video player (as well as a DVD player) whereas a lot of people don't these days , means that it is an advantage for me as I can buy videos at only a few pence each. I managed to find Never Been Kissed for 25p which I thought was outstanding value , compared to the price I would pay if I were to buy it on DVD from Amazon (£4.98 to be precise - saving £4.73). Never Been Kissed is a Raja Gosnell film released in the United Kingdom on 27th August 1999. The film stars Drew Barrymore and David Arquette. Never Been Kissed comes under the following genres : comedy , drama and romance. Running time of the movie is one hundred and seven minutes (thirteen minutes short of two hours). The movie is a 12 certificate. Josie is twenty five years old and is the copy-editor for the Chicago Sun Times. However , her dream is to become a reporter. In hope that her boss will allow her to be a reporter , she constantly sends ideas to her boss. One day at a meeting she is given the role of playing a student at her old high school ,whilst being an undercover reporter. Josie never fitted in at school when she was there the first time around , so what will happen when she goes back to school ? Watch Never Been Kissed to find out. I found this movie really interesting to watch. I'm sure a lot of people would like to go back to school for a day or so to find out how things have changed. I found it interesting that Josie was considered a geek in school ; had no friends and had never had a boyfriend. However when she goes back to school it's completely the opposite for her now. This film is so sweet and romantic. Josie falls for someone who falls for her too , but because of her being who she is and him being who he is , it's impossible for them to be together . If only he knew the truth! I just wanted to scream at the telly 'tell him!!' when I was watching it. I'm sure absolutely everyone can relate to this film. It immediately gets you back thinking about your own high school things and makes you wonder what the whole school experience would be like now if you went back there. I found I kept comparing my 'high school days' to 'Josie's high school days!' This movie is a real light hearted kind of movie which would be perfect for a sleepover or girls night in. However , to connect with it completely , I think that you would probably have to be someone who has left school , as the majority of the movie is comparing what school life was like. Although I'm sure a lot of people that are in school will connect with it too. Thanks for reading! January 26th Xdonzx
I'll happily admit that I ma not really a fan of soppy stories where romance is the key element. However, the other week, I relented and watched Never Been Kissed with my wife. What I experienced was an amusing and cleverly made film starring Drew Barrymore which, although nothing special, kept me amused and interested throughout. Director Raja Gosnell has taken a decent script and very cleverly appealed to a younger audience is sending budding reporter Josie Geller back to school, undercover, and posing as the year's geek, in order to get a juicy story on the school. The prime target ends up being teacher Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan), and Josie enlists the help of her brother Rob, played by an on form David Arquette. However, as the prom approaches, Josie finds herself growing in popularity, being attracted to Sam, and feeling remorse and guilt for deceiving them all. It is, in a sense, a wonderfully romantic film guaranteed to make those of you who are the romantic souls smile fondly at the film and sigh wistfully. My wife is easily summed up here, and although I didn't find it as enjoyable as she did, this 1998 film was an enjoyable watch throughout, and Gosnell does well to keep a multitude of audience varieties interested by injecting some funny moments at opportune times. The acting and direction are solid enough, and the script kept it flowing, but I found it easily predictable and very much carbon copies of other films to have graced the high school romance area with a high school prom at the end of it, and although this differed slightly due to the undercover reporter aspect, it essentially encompassed the stereotypical high school film. That having been said, it was still enjoyable and I would still recommend giving it a go. The film is out on DVD and is available from amazon.co.uk for £3.98.
This is another one of the girly movies that I was absolutely obsessed with. I saw this movie in theaters at least 3 times, and that is saying a lot, because although theater prices weren't as high as they are today when this movie came out, I was a lot younger and funds were limited to me. This movie was just so cute and entertaining and had a great lovestory in it. The story revolves around Drew Barrymore's character Josie Gellar who gets her very first real reporting assignment which is to infiltrate a high school and find out the scandalous things that go on there. However, when Josie went to high school the first time around, she was not exactly one of the popular girls and when she reenters high school her old status seems to have followed her. However, her boss doesn't think that she will find the right kinds of stories unless she can get into the popular crowd which poses a bigger problem for Josie than anyone can imagine. That is, until her brother who is even older than Josie enrolls back in high school with a fake id with the hopes of being recruited by a college on a baseball scolarhsip. He was always mr. popular and he gets Josie in with the in crowd. Now Josie gets to have the high school experience that every gir dreams of. That is until she is busted and all of the relationships she had worked so hard to build come crashing down. This movie is touching, entertaining, and exciting and I really enjoyed it.
Never Been Kissed is a film that I have seen several times over the years including on the television. I got this on DVD recently from Amazon when Dave was ordering some DVDs and I added this to the order as it was on sale for only £2.47. I have just checked the site and it is now £4.97 but I think it is still worth that price and even better if you spot it cheaper. The lead role in this film is played by Drew Barrymore who is a copy editor for a newspaper called Josie Geller. Her boss comes along and selects her to return to High School to go undercover for a story for the paper and she seizes the chance as her golden opportunity to get her foot in the door as a reporter which she longs to become. High School quickly becomes what she remembers it to be when she takes off her rose tinted glasses though and it is only her cool unsuccessful brother enrolling to try to get back into sports and get spotted by a talent scout who manages to get her anywhere in the popularity stakes which in turn will help her to find her story. There is no grand revelation at the end of this film and there is no grand plan behind the point of this film. It is simply a romantic comedy that reminds us all of our school days and why we did not really like it as much as we might pretend to ourselves that they were the best days of our life! This is no great film and there is nothing special about it but it all runs smoothly and is amusing to watch. I am giving it four stars because I find this so funny and entertaining from start to finish. It is a run of the mill film in many respects, but it is a well made and funny run of the mill film.
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