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Talented but painfully shy copy editor Josie Geller (Drew Barrymore) is given her big break when she’s assigned to do an undercover investigative piece on 'today’s youth' as represented by the students at South Glen South High School in Chicago. The victim of taunts and cruelty when she was at school, Josie is drawn to the class nerds, led by Aldys (Leelee Sobieski). But her boss Gus (John C Reilly) needs a “juicy” story and insists Josie infiltrate the popular crowd. With the help of her manic brother Rob (David Arquette) she soon is the hottest property at the school - and attracts the attention of English teacher Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan). But a series of events conspire against her burning desire to have her first 'real' kiss.

Review by Louise Keller:
Gawky, funny with a big heart, Never Been Kissed is a winning romantic comedy that is a fetching crowd pleaser, despite plot holes and a dose of overkill. It's colourful, bright and full of good humour, while a collection of upbeat contempo tunes keep toes tapping and hearts humming. Admittedly, you have to take a rather giant leap in order to accept the premise to begin with, but if you don your flubber imagination shoes, you can fly into a world of reliving those awkward years down high school memory lane. 

Drew Barrymore is a wonderful talent, with an engaging vulnerability. However, at times the director has let Barrymore get away with too much. She still manages to pull the film together, and with the compelling David Arquette, assured LeeLee Sobieski and an assortment of wonderful characters, there's a lot to enjoy. Essentially the film is about believing in yourself, keeping your dreams alive and finding out who you are. It's the quirky touches that work well – from the unexpected throw-aways to some genuine heart-felt moments. We spy the face of popularity and what a shallow, plastic façade it is; today's feather bower, tomorrow's feather duster. 

There’s no swearing and it won't offend. But don't rush when the film is over, the end cast and crew credits show pictures of all and sundry as they were in their teens. This is one that everyone will like – your kids, your high school sweetheart – even grandma. They won’t want to say that they’ve Never Been Kissed.

Published March 18, 2004

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CAST: Drew Barrymore, Molly Shannon, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Leelee Sobieski, Garry Marshall, John C. Reilly, Jessica Alba, Marley Shelton, Jordan Ladd, and Jeremy Jordan

DIRECTOR: Raja Gosnell

SCRIPT: Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein

RUNNING TIME: 107 minutes

PRESENTATION: widescreen 16: 9


DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: March 10, 2004

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