FILM ICON DREW BARRYMORE: FROM A PRINCESS TO SINGLE MOTHER

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Years ago, a friend’s post inspired me to write a little “film icon” collection featuring Sandra Bullock. Later Matt Damon received the feature. Recently I’ve been working on slow-going backend website stuff that includes re-edits for old publications and margin corrections. Two of the posts that earn these new updates is the Bullock and Damon features. Inspired by this, I decided to see about reviving this with a film icon Julia Roberts edition, because really, is there more of an icon in this day than Roberts?

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Julia Roberts has been in everything under the sun from fluffy romantic-comedies, to thrillers and coming of age-esque stories. She does comedy and drama, and in the titles I’ve seen her in, she’s quite good. Let’s take a walk through those films I’ve seen – and make sure to tell me which I must see yet!


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Note: this ‘Icon’ series is designed to look through the titles the subject stars in, and my reflections on the films. This feature will also only include stars from the 90s on, or actors who I’m familiar with from film’s I’ve seen.


1: EVER AFTER (1998)

Classic. I really love everything about this film, though part of this could be the nostalgic factor given Ever After is one of those rare movies I did watch as a teen, and maybe a bit younger. Either way, the film is lovely and I so enjoy it. It’s a full on five star for me.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.
2: HOME FRIES (1998)

This is one I saw years ago after renting it (yes, at a store) because it was something with Drew Barrymore that I hadn’t seen. Luke Wilson co-stars (pre Legally Blonde) with her in the dramedy about a woman trying to make a life for herself and the child she has on the way. It’s definitely quirky! film icon drew barrymore

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
3: NEVER BEEN KISSED (1999)

Another classic. This one I saw WELL past it’s “cool” date, however it’s one of my most favorites.

4: CHARLIE’S ANGELS (2000)

This film is so ridiculous you kind of “have” to like it. I mean, the stunts don’t even pretend to be plausible, and the film’s effects are just too much. That said, Barrymore’s character is really likable so there is that.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
5: RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS (2001)

Within the last two years I watched this for the first time when it was on Netflix or one of the streamers. Honestly, I wanted to like it WAY more than I did. It never feels like the heroine overcomes much of anything, and when she “does,” she still seems like a kind of miserable person who cannot appreciate her change of circumstance. That just feels too depressing so while I didn’t mind seeing it, it’s not a favorite.

‘RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS’: THE ONE RUMORS SAY IS CULT CLASSIC. Drew Barrymore stars in this 2001 cult classic dramedy. Text is © Rissi JC
6: 50 FIRST DATES (2004)

It’s been a hot minute since I saw this, but I did enjoy it. It’s more about the funniness of the story than being a true rom-com, but also, it has a surprisingly deeper look at loving and what that means.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5.
7: FEVER PITCH (2005)

Imperfections and all, this one ALWAYS makes me giggle. Just a fun time about a woman who meets “the one” only to realize that once baseball season rolls around, he has time for nothing and no one save his team. film icon drew barrymore

8: MUSIC & LYRICS (2007)

Not being a fan of Hugh Grant, this one is a little harder to go “all in” on, but overall, I do really enjoy Music and Lyrics and think it’s an underrated romantic dramedy. The plot follows an aging rock star who is tapped to write the latest single for the young and hip pop star. Trouble is, he has zero inspiration until his plant lady turns out to by a good lyricist.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
9: LUCKY YOU (2007)

Featuring Eric Bana as her co-star, this one is about a gambler who nearly loses everything in their quest to be best.

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10: HE’S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU (2009)

It’s interesting to see Drew in this because with exception to maybe Fever Pitch, she kind of plays the same REALLY likable, but lacking in confidence role. In this, she seems to play the opposite of that and it’s all kinds of fun. Love seeing her like this, plus this multi-person story is just, overall, a fun time.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Rating: 3 out of 5.
11: EVERYBODY’S FINE (2009)

Not a favorite of Barrymore’s but also this isn’t really a film where she has a big role. She plays one of three kids to Robert De Niro’s character who is struggling to find his way when all of his children cancel plans with him. film icon drew barrymore

‘EVERYBODY’S FINE’: A SLOW DRAMA FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CAST. Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore star in this slow moving, so-so 2009 drama. Text © Rissi JC
12: BLENDED (2014)

Reuniting Drew and Adam Sandler, this is a super funny and heartwarming film about two different parents who are forced to share a room on their vacation. Annoying to both since they previously went out on a disastrous blind date!

Which of these have you seen? What of film icon Drew Barrymore’s films are YOUR most favorite? Which tiles MUST I still see with her? Do you find Drew plays the same type of role in each of these? Comment all your comments below. Let’s chat.  

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5 comments

  1. You forgot about her iconic role in ET. My sister used to like the movie Babes in Toyland, but I found it kind of creepy. I love Ever After–it used to be one of my favorite movies, although I haven’t watched it in awhile.

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