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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

5 stars

Adorable movie about a journalist, Josie Geller, asked to go undercover as a senior student at South Glen South High School. She agrees to it but forgets that whenever she was in high school she was called names. At first she has a hard time fitting in but her brother enrolls and tells lies about Josie to make her popular because she has to befriend the popular kids for a story when that doesn't work she has to do a story on her teacher, Sam Coulson. When she finally writes her piece she writes that she is in love with Sam & will wait on the baseball mound before the first inning of the South Glen South game. This is a heart warming tale of a girl who never got her real first kiss & wants to have it with the man she loves. A five star romantic classic! :) Michael Vartan is so cute in this movie!!! :) :) :)

- movieguru12, Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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