Never Been Kissed

April 9th, 1999

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Never Been Kissed

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A journalist enrolls in her old highschool as part of her research for a story.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 5.7/10 (35,436 voted)

Critic's Score: 60/100

Director: Raja Gosnell

Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan

Chicago Sun Times copy editor Josie Gellar (25), who was desperate to graduate from perfectionist copy editor to reporter, gets her chance when the goody owner orders the editor to cover the high-school scene by undercover. Josie, who was a frustrated, ridiculed nerd, gets a popular make-over from her drop-out, naturally funny brother Rob Geller. Both siblings find love and joys of youth again. But in Josie's case, it's sensitive bachelor teacher Sam Coulson, who enjoys sophisticated conversation. As the publication deadline approaches, the price of blowing their cover seems ever more daunting, yet inevitable unless she sacrifices her career.

Writers: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein

Drew Barrymore - Josie Geller
David Arquette - Rob Geller
Michael Vartan - Sam Coulson
Molly Shannon - Anita
John C. Reilly - Gus
Garry Marshall - Rigfort
Sean Whalen - Merkin
Cress Williams - George
Octavia Spencer - Cynthia (as Octavia L. Spencer)
Sarah DeVincentis - Rhoda
Allen Covert - Roger in Op-Ed
Rock Reiser - Dutton
David Doty - Hairplug Bruns
Derek Morgan - Armcast Henson (as Derrick Morgan)
Kathleen Marshall - Sun-Times Worker

Taglines: The Class Clown Just Turned Chic.


Official Website: FOX Mexico | Official Site |

Release Date: 9 April 1999

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $11,836,707 (USA) (11 April 1999) (2455 Screens)

Gross: $84,565,230 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

David Arquette plays younger brother to Drew Barrymore, although Barrymore is almost 5 years younger than him in real-life.

Continuity: When Josie is asked to read from Act 5, Scene 2 of "As You Like It", she opens the book to the very beginning of the play instead (although it is conceivable that she was reciting from memory and didn't need the text at all). Also as Josie's book it open to the beginning, Aldys' book it open to almost the end, and the girl shown behind Josie book it open to the middle.

Josie Geller: The right guy, he's out there. I'm just not gonna go kiss a whole bunch of losers to get to him.
Anita Olesky: Yeah, but you know what? Sometimes kissing losers can be a really fun diversion.

User Review

Feel Good Movie

Rating: 9/10

I LOVED this movie. Not as great as "50 First Dates", but it's definitely a repeater, especially on a rainy day or with a group of girlfriends. Yes, the plot was "cute" and maybe even unbelievable, but what's so bad about a feel good movie. Drew as Josie and her romance with the teacher is so sweet and brother baseball wannabee adds to the movie's good feeling. With all the junk out there, what's so bad about a good movie the whole family can enjoy? Without being embarrassed while watching with your kids! Drew is an awesome actress that really seems to be unappreciated for the most part. This is definitely one of her best roles!

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