When we are teenagers, we think that we have the world at our feet. We think we know everything that we need to know, that our dreams will come true.
Then we grow up.
In the 2001 film, Riding In Cars With Boys, Beverly (Drew Barrymore) is a 15-year-old girl in 1965. Her one goal in life is to be a writer. Then she meets Ray (Steve Zahn), one thing leads to another and Beverly finds herself pregnant well before she graduates high school. Ray and Beverly try to make a go of it for their son, but Prince Charming or father of the year, Ray is not. It will be up to Beverly to not only raise her son, but to achieve the goals she had before she became pregnant.
The thing that I like about this film is how realistic it is. Beverly starts out as an idealistic teenager, but quickly learns that she must grow up for her son’s sake. Parenthood is never easy, but it is much harder when you are still growing up yourself.
I recommend it.