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Overall B+

At fifteen, Beverly D'Onofrio (Drew Barrymore) announces her unplanned pregnancy. The result of Riding in Cars with Boys, this unexpected detour in her plans changes the course of the rest of her life.

Violence B-
Sexual Content C-
Profanity C-
Substance Use D

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Talk to your kids about…

Riding In Cars With Boys

After discovering she is pregnant, Bev makes plans that don’t include marriage. Why does she change her mind? Despite his upbringing, what are Ray’s redeeming qualities?

Bev accuses her son Jason of messing up her life on several occasions. How did her words effect Jason’s perception of himself? How did it color the way Bev looked at her own life? In the end, what does Bev mean when she says Jason saved her?

Bev says, “One day can make your life. One day can ruin your life. All life is, is four or five big days that change everything.” What were the big days in Bev’s life? How much personal responsibility does Bev have for what happened on those life-changing days? Have you experienced any big days in your life?