Site created 12/15/97.
review added: 11/15/99
Never Been Kissed
1999 (1999) - 20th Century
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Specs and Features
107 mins, PG-13, letterboxed widescreen (2.35:1), single-sided,
single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, theatrical trailer,
film-themed menu screens, scene access (30 chapters), languages:
English (DD 5.1 & 2.0), subtitles: English and Spanish, Close
Been Kissed, Drew Barrymore plays a young journalist in
Chicago, who goes back to school to find out what's going on with
America's youth for an article she's assigned. It's a Godsend for
her, having had a hellish high school experience originally - she
now has the opportunity to be super cool. Well, some things don't
change, and Drew finds her self back with the freaks and geeks, but
this time she understands the value. When her brother gets into the
act, and goes back to school too (feeling somewhat responsible for
Drew's lack of popularity back in the day), he "fixes
everything" and makes her the most popular girl in school. But
at what price? Will Drew throw away her new geeky friends for her
newer popular ones? Does she have what it takes to write a serious
expose on high school life? Will her teacher still have the hots for
her after he finds out that she's closer to his age than he thought?
All those questions and more will be answered here.
Never Been Kissed is a fun
little film. Drew is adorable, and the acting from her supporting
cast is all fine for what it is. John C. Riley and Molly Shannon
turn in the best performances of the bunch, as her newspaper
co-workers. The writing is just as fun as the characters, and in the
end, everything comes together pretty nicely. I honestly don't have
a problem with the film at all. It's just a piece of entertainment
with a lighthearted message in the middle: "Be who you are."
This DVD is about as bare-bones as you can get. There's a
theatrical trailer and nothing else. The picture quality is fine,
for a non-anamorphic transfer (but confusingly... the menus ARE
anamorphic). The color tones on the faces seem a little bit off, and
the brightness was a bit low, but it's still a very watchable
transfer, with no artifacting to be found. The sound is dual-format
(2.0 and 5.1, both Dolby Digital). Neither jumps through any hoops,
but both work quite well. And that's about it.
Never Been Kissed on disc is
nothing to write home about, but if you liked the film, you can now
own it on DVD.