Parents' Guide to

Never Been Kissed

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet, romantic story for teens has some edgy scenes.

Movie PG-13 1999 107 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 16+

A film that leaves me uncomfortable!

R: sex, suggestive images and language
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age 18+

Disordered eating

The movie portrays disordered eating. Water and exlax is the pre prom diet that the skinny popular girls suggest. They don’t eat at lunch time either. If this is a trigger for your family, there are several throwing up in the toilet scenes.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (30):

This is a genuinely sweet and romantic story with some perceptive comments about life in high school. Never Been Kisssed also has a heroine who believes in waiting for the right person to kiss, even if that wait takes quite a while, and Barrymore is completely adorable.

Parents should know that there are some sexual references (Josie's friend at the office brags about her sex life but envies Josie's views on love) and uncomfortable "relationships" between teens and twentysomethings who are pretending to be teens (as well as between a teacher and a girl he believes to be a teen). Luckily, nothing goes too far -- for instance, a teen girl offers to have sex with Rob, but while he's clearly tempted, he knows that it would be wrong, and he turns her down. Ultimately, characters make decisions about sexual involvement based on love and maturity.

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