Never Been Kissed (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Never Been Kissed (1999)



Critic Consensus: Unoriginal and unremarkable high school satire adds little to the genre.

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Many people wish they could go back to high school, knowing what they know as an adult; Josie Geller gets the chance to do just that in the comedy Never Been Kissed. Josie (played by Drew Barrymore) is a 25-year-old copy editor at a newspaper in Chicago. But it's her youthful looks as much as her journalistic skills that finally win her a writing assignment: she's ordered to enroll in high school posing as a teenager for a story on the state of America's youth. Trouble is, Josie was a hopeless nerd in high school (called "Josie Grossie" by her classmates); she had no idea of how to fit in with the cool kids, and she's hardly gotten any better at it in the seven years since graduation. While Josie makes fast friends with a bookish girl named Aldys (Leelee Sobieski), and also takes notice of her good-looking English teacher Mr. Coulson (Michael Vartan), she realizes for the sake of her story she has to infiltrate the cool girls' clique, which will be impossible without someone to give her a crash course in hipness. Josie's brother Rob (David Arquette), obviously the more style-conscious sibling, offers to sign up for the same school to act as the cool-guy friend she'll need to fit in, but just when Josie starts making headway (and starts enjoying high school for a change), her editor changes the focus of the story -- he now wants a feature on improper relations between teachers and students, which will not be good for her deepening friendship with Mr. Coulson. Never Been Kissed also features supporting performances from John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon and Jordan Ladd (the latter in a much more wholesome vehicle than her last cinematic visit to cinematic teen-town, Gregg Araki's Nowhere). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Drew Barrymore
as Josie Geller
David Arquette
as Rob Geller
Michael Vartan
as Sam Coulson
Jessica Alba
as Kirsten
Kevin Scott Greer
as High School Student
Allen Covert
as Roger in Op/Ed
David Doty
as Hairplug Bruns
Derrick Morgan
as Armcast Henson
Kathleen Marshall
as Sun Times Worker
Jenny Bicks
as Miss Haskell
Gregory Sporleder
as Coach Romano
Martha Hackett
as Mrs. Knox
Jennifer Parsons
as P.E. Teacher
Andrew Wilson
as School Guard
Giuseppe Andrews
as Denominator
Chad Todhunter
as Stoner No. 1
Daniel Louis Rivas
as Stoner No. 2
Mark Edwards
as School Guard No. 2
Denny Lee Kirkwood
as Billy Prince
Carmen Llywellyn
as Rob's Girlfriend
Sara Downing
as Billy's Prom Date
Mike G. Moyer
as Monty Malik
Steven Wilde
as Bouncer
Conor O'Neil
as Gibby's Prom Date
Joe Ochman
as Prom Judge No. 1
Don Snell
as Prom Judge No. 2
Jason Weissbrod
as Big Bad Wolf
Tinsley Grimes
as Little Red Riding Hood
Amanda Wilmshurst
as Fruit Headdress Woman
Willy Abers
as Band Member
Ulises Bella
as Band Member
José Espinosa
as Band Member
Cut Chemist
as Band Member
William Marruto
as Band Member
Raul Pacheco
as Band Member
Justin Porie
as Band Member
Asdru Sierra
as Band Member
Charles Stewart
as Band Member
Jiro Yamaguchi
as Band Member
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Critic Reviews for Never Been Kissed

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (30)

Never Been Kissed does very little to distinguish itself from the umpteen other high-school comedies we've seen this year.

January 22, 2019 | Full Review…

[B]y and large she generates the kind of charm that, since Scream and Everyone Says I Love You, she's made her trademark.

January 22, 2019 | Full Review…

This is one of those films that just doesn't know when to end.

January 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Drew Barrymore's virtuoso performance smooths over the plot holes.

August 7, 2007 | Full Review…

The most exhilarating American movie I have seen this year -- which isn't saying much.

April 27, 2007 | Full Review…

Barrymore again displays her remarkable ability to get the audience rooting for her singular blend of vulnerability and sunny optimism.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Never Been Kissed

All time favorite chick flick of mine. Just rewatched it again and still love it just as much. One of Drew's best and I like LeeLee Sobieski in this too. People in recent articles saying it's problematic due to the teacher relationship are really missing the point that she's 25 years old and nothing actually happens until she admits as much. Honestly I just find this sweet and amusing and kind of sad too with the Josie Grossie stuff.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I love Drew in these rom coms. She plays a geeky girl who goes back to high school as an undercover reporter.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

This is a movie I loved when I was younger, but as I got older it got more ridiculous and less funny. It has a story that has been used in other films, but Barrymore gives it a fresh, cute feel, and it has heart too, so I still like it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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