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Riding In Cars With Boys

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. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 131
Theater Release: 18 Oct 2001
Video Release: 18 Mar 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

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