Never Been Kissed (1999) Film Review

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Josie Gellar (Drew Barrymore) works at a newspaper as a fact checker-type person, but dreams of being a journalist. She is sent into a school by her boss Gus (John C. Reilly) to compile an investigative report into kids of today, however, she gets caught up in life and trying to be cool. She’s helped by her idiot brother Rob (David Arquette) who uses this as a chance to relive his cool past. And then there is the dreamy teacher, Sam Coulson (Michael Vartan).

And here’s where I have a real issue. I just have a problem with teacher/student love affairs. Regardless of who starts it or how successful that relationship may go on to be, it still starts with an older person in position of trust who, in today’s society and with today’s values, needs to be better. So, the fact that Sam in this case did not actually act on his feelings, he believed her to be a minor and he overstepped the line a few times. And no-one found this a bit creepy?

I really wanted to like this film, I just couldn’t get past the creep factor. And there was a bit too much suspension of belief for me.

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