Never Been Kissed

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"Some things are worth waiting for."
  • PG-13
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 6.0  (97,249)
  • 60

Never Been Kissed is a 1999 American romantic comedy film directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, and Michael Vartan. It tells the story of Josie Geller, a copy editor for the Chicago Sun-Times who volunteers to go undercover as a high school student to research teenage culture for an article. As she navigates the social landscape of high school, Josie finds herself falling for her English teacher, Sam Coulson.

The movie starts with Josie working at the Sun-Times as a copy editor, yearning for the chance to be a writer. When her boss assigns her the task of going undercover at a local high school to write an article about teenage life in the 90s, Josie jumps at the opportunity. But there's a catch - Josie was a social outcast in high school and had never been kissed, so she has a lot to learn about the social scene.

Josie arrives at the school and is immediately taken back to her own high school days. She becomes friends with Aldys, another social outcast who runs a website dedicated to keeping track of the cool kids. Despite her initial clumsiness and social awkwardness, Josie starts to fit in with the popular crowd, led by Guy Perkins, a popular jock with a penchant for pranks.

Josie finds herself becoming more and more attached to Sam Coulson, her English teacher, who helps her understand the intricacies of teenage life. As their relationship deepens, Josie struggles with the moral implications of potentially starting a relationship with her teacher.

Meanwhile, Aldys' website catches the attention of the popular kids, who are outraged that they are being made fun of online. Guy and his friends plan to get revenge on Aldys, but Josie is determined to protect her friend. In a dramatic turn of events, Josie finds herself standing up to the popular kids and becoming the hero of the day.

As the high school's prom approaches, Josie starts to fear that her cover will be blown, and her true identity revealed. But with Sam's support, Josie decides to embrace her past and put her experiences to use in her writing. In a heartwarming finale, Josie's article is published, and she arrives at the prom in a stunning gown, ready to face her past and embrace her future.

Barrymore is endearing in her portrayal of Josie, bringing a blend of vulnerability and humor to the role. Arquette is hilarious as Josie's older brother, Rob, who is also a baseball fanatic. Vartan brings charm and tenderness to the role of Sam, making him the perfect romantic lead. The movie's soundtrack is also worth mentioning - featuring hits from the 90s like "Never You Mind" by Semisonic and "Don't Worry Baby" by The Beach Boys.

Overall, Never Been Kissed is a charming and heartwarming movie about the ups and downs of teenage life, and the power of true love to conquer all. The movie's themes of courage, self-confidence, and the importance of being yourself are timeless and relatable, making it a classic rom-com for the ages.

Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0 and a MetaScore of 60.

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