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Riding in Cars with Boys

Riding in Cars with Boys

Back in 1980 in a 1955 Chevy, Beverly (Drew Barrymore) and Ray (Steve Zahn) conceived a son.

For the next twenty years Beverly is responsible for her child and the stigma of a shot gun wedding forced by her father even though he disowned her for her actions.  Her Italian, catholic parents, played by Lorraine Brocco and James Woods, react typically - mom helps and dad is disgusted.

Beverly is quoted as saying "One day can make your life, one day can ruin your life."  Even though she's bright and gifted and dreams of becoming a writer, her rebelliousness isn't strong enough to convince her parents she should not marry and she settles into a welfare life.

As modest house-keeping begins in public housing, husband Ray is drug prone and lazy and eventually leaves.  Beverly continues to dream and bring up her patient child Jason, who at times is the parental figure in the family.

Though Zahn again proves he has impressive acting credentials, he always appears true to his characters, and Barrymore looks real as Beverly, there is little to their story except Beverly's feeling sorry for herself and a realization that girls who become pregnant at fifteen have a twenty year sentence caring for another child.  But none of that is news to social workers in the USA who work with clients in those type of situations.

Riding in Cars value comes only if young women heed Beverly's warnings that even though kids provide blessings and joy, it all works far better when couples are stable and have established the ability to earn a decent living.

Riding in Cars with Boys

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