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Never Been Kissed

comedy, romance


A young-looking, socially-awkward copy editor, who yearns to be a reporter, accepts an undercover assignment as a high school student and experiences the horrors of being unpopular all over again until she finds a way to turn it around.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    57%
  • Audience Score
    69%

common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
0 out of 5

Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Never Been Kissed is an upbeat romantic comedy with underlying themes of self-respect and making good decisions. That said, the characters do deceive each other, and there's a lot of high school stereotyping. There are also quite a few sexual references -- Josie's friend at the office brags about her sex life (but envies Josie's views on love), and a "sex talk" scene involves putting condoms on bananas. In another scene, Josie unknowingly eats some pot brownies and behaves very foolishly; there's some additional teen drinking as well. Flirting/dating between characters of very different ages (undercover twentysomethings and teens), while part of the movie's humor, can feel awkard. Language includes "s--t," "ass," and "damn."

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why high school is such a clique-ish stage of life. Teens: What do think will be different in college and afterward?
  • Why does Josie want so badly to meet the limited standards of high school popularity? Why did her friends at work envy her? Why didn't she tell the truth earlier?
  • Is it funny or awkard when Josie and Rob flirt with teens -- or when Josie flirts with her teacher, who thinks she's a teenager? Is it all OK b/c the audience knows the characters' true ages?
  • How does the movie portray drug use and drinking? Are the consequences of Josie's pot brownie "adventure" realistic?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    57%
    reviews counted: 25
    see all Never Been Kissed reviews
  • Audience

    69%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Friday, April 27, 2007

Fresh: The film succeeds on the astonishing merits of its leading lady and her superior supporting cast.

- Eleonore Snow, Mr. Showbiz, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Seriously flawed!

- James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

1 star

David Arquette brings some funny moments to this film but overall it?s not great!

- SirPant, Tuesday, September 29, 2009

2 stars

Michael "Hammerhead" Vartan looks like an Anvil. and this is stupid

- ColinCostigan8590, Saturday, September 26, 2009

1 star

Ugh. Really? This was made in 1999? You could have told me that this was John Hughes' afterbirth ripped from the early 80s and I would have believed you. This is basically the cinematic equivalent of a glacier, floating backwards into some sort of moronic rom-com whirlpool. Drew Barrymore gives it her best shot, but even her noblest efforts basically amount to piss in a hole. This is the type of triteness so complete that, even within the world of the film, triteness is what is considered acceptable; see the rapturous response to Barrymore's laughably bad newspaper article at the end of the film. The film makes it sound like she deserves a fucking Pulitzer for her *scathing examination* of bitchy high schoolers and not getting kissed by her pedophile pretend teacher. I cannot think of a single newspaper that wouldn't laugh that shit straight out of the copy room. Also no way in fuck would someone as hot as Leelee Sobieski be a social outcast. At absolute worst, she'd be the nerdy girl that all the nerdy guys pass around and who gets a really sordid reputation. UGH. Why do I even care anymore.

- ceWEBrity, Monday, September 14, 2009