Columbia Pictures | Release Date: October 19, 2001
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EmilyH.May 25, 2007
Boring at times but one of my favourite movies for it's acting. A great piece by Drew Barrymore and truly shows how she works in both a comedic and serious role.
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beingryanjudeAug 28, 2014
Riding in Cars with Boys is dark. Much darker than you'd think with Drew Barrymore leading a film about a single-Mother. The harsh realities of life and Motherhood are addressed, and we are impressed with Ms. Barrymore. But it's Steve ZahnRiding in Cars with Boys is dark. Much darker than you'd think with Drew Barrymore leading a film about a single-Mother. The harsh realities of life and Motherhood are addressed, and we are impressed with Ms. Barrymore. But it's Steve Zahn who breaks our hearts. Expand
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breakfastsaladJan 28, 2018
Recently aired to universal acclaim, critics deemed this film "a triumph". A feel-good yet highly suspenseful endeavor, "Riding in Cars with Boys" is a cinematic masterpiece that transcends its budgetary constraints and tight shootingRecently aired to universal acclaim, critics deemed this film "a triumph". A feel-good yet highly suspenseful endeavor, "Riding in Cars with Boys" is a cinematic masterpiece that transcends its budgetary constraints and tight shooting schedule. The cinematography is peerless, featuring groundbreaking avant-garde camera angles and primarily non-diegetic narration provided by an enigmatic multitasking driver. This latter performer manages to skillfully navigate the freeway while simultaneously posing Life’s Big Questions to the film’s star, such as “what defines right” and “how are you feeling”. The narrator’s performance is furthered by a first-rate supporting cast of background (read: backseat) extras, who dazzle onscreen with poignant pauses and robust facial hair.

As for the film’s leading man, MK gives a riveting performance, at once moving and profoundly sensitive. The zenith of his 2-minute powerhouse portrayal lies in his monologue about Brazilian drum circles, in which MK reflects on his past experiences with a theatrical command that is all the more charismatic for its deep humility. While numerous critics bemoaned his substandard triceps, MK's multifaceted and gripping performance had us shifting into high gear. The film’s only weakness was the puzzling absence of Drew Barrymore, who appeared on all of its promotional material. Nevertheless, audiences worldwide are in for a treat this coming Tuesday, as “Riding in Cars with Boys” hits the big screen.
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