Brilliant for 1st 35 mins: great script; v funny. Waned after that but ended quite nicely.
Riding in Cars with Boys is a 2001 film based on the autobiography of the same name by Beverly Donofrio, about a woman who overcame difficulties including being a teen mother to earning a master's degree from the span of 1961 to 1986. It stars Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Brittany Murphy, and James Woods. It was directed by Penny Marshall and co-produced by Beverly Donofrio herself, though many details from the book and film differ.
Intelligent but naive Beverly Donofrio (Drew Barrymore), a teenager when the movie begins in the early 1960s, dreams of becoming a writer. At 15, she and her best friend Fay (Brittany Murphy), go to a party and get drunk. Beverly ends up having sex with a friendly stranger named Ray (Steve Zahn). She finds out she is pregnant and contemplates having an abortion, but cannot bring herself to do so. Ray feels it would be right to propose to Beverly and professes his love for her, she reluctantly replies the same. At her wedding, Fay announces she is also...