I recommend its use as a recruiting film--not because it offers a realistic view of journalistic life, but because who wouldn't want to meet a copy editor like Barrymore? Even when she's explaining the difference between "interoffice'' and "intraoffice,'' she's a charmer. The movie's screenplay is contrived and not blindingly original, but Barrymore illuminates it with sunniness, and creates a lovable character. I think this is what's known as star power. She plays a year-old named Josie Geller, who despite a few unhappy early experiences with spit-swapping has indeed never really been kissed. At the paper, she issues copy-editing edicts while hiding behind a mousy brown hairdo and a wardrobe inspired by mudslides. Her editor, played as subtly as one of the Three Stooges by Garry Marshall , likes to pound the conference table with a bat while conducting meetings; he wants an undercover series on high school life and assigns Josie, because she looks young enough. That sets up Josie's chance to return to high school and get it right. The first time around, she was known as "Josie Grossie,'' an ugly duckling with braces on her teeth, hair in her eyes, baby fat, pimples and glasses. Barrymore does a surprisingly convincing job of conveying this insecure lump of unpopularity; it's one of the reasons we develop such sympathy for Josie.
See the full list. Title: Never Been Kissed The Brothers Grimm arrive at the home of a wealthy Grande Dame who speaks of the many legends surrounding the fable of the cinder girl before telling the "true" story of her ancestor. A high school jock makes a bet that he can turn an unattractive girl into the school's prom queen. A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships. A young woman who's reinvented herself as a New York City socialite must return home to Alabama to obtain a divorce from her husband, after seven years of separation. Two vicious step-siblings of an elite Manhattan prep school make a wager: to deflower the new headmaster's daughter before the start of term. Robbie, a singer, and Julia, a waitress, are both engaged, but to the wrong people. Fortune intervenes to help them discover each other. Lindsay is stuck in the middle of her relationship with Ben and his passion for the Boston Red Sox.
Reilly and James Franco in his film debut. Josie Geller is an insecure year-old copy editor for the Chicago Sun-Times who has never had a real relationship. One day, her editor-in-chief, Rigfort, assigns her to report undercover at a high school to help parents become more aware of their children's lives. Josie reverts to the old geek persona that ruined her first high school career. She also has an unfortunate run-in with three obnoxious popular girls, Kirsten, Gibby and Kristin, and the school's most attractive and popular student, Guy Perkins. Josie loses hope but is reassured when a kind-hearted nerd named Aldys befriends her. Aldys, who loathes Guy and his gang, invites Josie to join The Denominators, a group of intelligent students. Josie develops a crush on her English teacher, Sam Coulson, and becomes the top student in his class. After reciting a romantic excerpt from Shakespeare to Sam, Josie has horrible flashbacks to when she read a romantic poem aloud in class to her high school crush, a popular boy named Billy Prince, who later asked her to their senior prom, making her dream come true. However, on the night of the prom, Billy arrives with another girl and both of them hurl eggs and insults at Josie, humiliating her and breaking her heart.
Skip navigation! Story from Movies. Anne Cohen. In hindsight, Never Been Kissed should always have been considered problematic. So, what do we do with Never Been Kissed? She dreams of being a reporter.
That is, until she remembers that her own high school experience was a nightmare hellscape. Could this be a chance at a do-over? Rewatching the movie as an adult on the eve of the twentieth anniversary, I was struck by how much of it still holds up.
Never Been Kissed speaks surprisingly eloquently to the traumatic experience that high school can be for teenage girls, constantly bombarded with conflicting messaging about where their value lies. Thus, the plot point about Josie never having been kissed. It would make sense that after being publicly humiliated by high school crush Billy Prince Denny Kirkwood , Josie would have trouble trusting men.
But the film wades into murky waters when it introduces English teacher Sam Coulson Michael Vartan , he of the sexy bedroom eyes and a passion for Shakespeare, as the solution to that fear of intimacy.
Nor did it bury it. Reilly — who, ironically, ends up in an interoffice relationship with his subordinate — tells her that this is the story: An adult teacher using As You Like it to flirt with a student he believes to be 17 years old. His indignant storm-out after she outs herself as a reporter in her twenties made me laugh out loud this time around.
How can he be upset? This guy just found out that the girl he was developing feelings for is actually age-appropriate. If anything, he should be celebrating. He is in full possession of the facts when he starts dating a sophomore. And a gymnast. Who are these women? So many beloved classics require women to shelve a little piece of their brain in order to enjoy them today. To ignore its cultural impact is to repress an unpleasant memory in the hopes that it might just work itself out. Just ask Josie how that went. I have a few standbys: Some are classics for my age, like Mean Girls.
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