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The Drew Barrymore Bio

The Drew Barrymore Review –

by Nate Lee


E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Hard to beat. Drew proved her chops as the little sister, Gertie, making an indelible impression in this small but important part.

Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
He's Just Not That Into You (part of a love-hurts ensemble)
Whip It (Texas roller-derby chick, in her own directorial debut)
Irreconcilable Differences (a pre-teen bent on divorcing her self-obsessed parents; a Golden Globe nominated performance)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (Chuck Barris's girlfriend)
Home Fries (with Luke Wilson)
Scream (one of many surprises in the movie is her performance)
Ever After (a new kind of Cinderella)
Riding in Cars with Boys (a nagging mother)
Firestarter (the title role as a very young girl)
Poison Ivy (not exactly the girl next door)
Guncrazy (unless you live in a trailer, not the girl next door; Golden Globe nominated performance)
Boys on the Side
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Batman Forever
Girls Next Door:
Music and Lyrics (opposite Hugh Grant)
Wedding Singer (opposite Adam Sandler)
50 First Dates (opposite Adam Sandler)
Fever Pitch (opposite Jimmy Fallon)
Never Been Kissed
The Real Drew Barrymore:
Irreconcilable Differences

Made when Drew was only 8 or 9, unfortunately the story of a girl divorcing her wealthy self-obsessed parents didn't come true for Drew, as only a couple of years later she would embark on a notorious alcohol and drug addiction.
Acting Style:
Real. Even when playing her cutest and sweetest in romantic comedies, there is a real quality about Barrymore that one assumes can only come from being part of the foremost acting family in the world. (Yes, even more foremost than the Carradines.) Conversely, playing bad girls, she brings enough real goodness to let us understand them and possibly even empathize.
Bits and Quirks:
As part of her being real, Drew has some less than perfect angles, which she has no problem pushing forward, especially when playing less than perfect characters. Sometimes, from shot to shot, it's hard to believe it's the same person. Quirks include hunching over and looking up, puppy dog style; pursing those perfect 1920s lips; squinting cutely; myriad lazy poses.
Great Scenes:

> Screaming upon meeting the alien
> Dressing up E.T.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

> Seducing Barris
> Pleading with him through the door of the hotel

The Wedding Singer

> Talking with Sandler in the back by the garbage

50 First Dates

> Dealing with Sandler's come-on lines at the café
> Going after Rob Schneider with a baseball bat
> Waking up next to Sandler and screaming the Drew scream


> Killing her mom's lover after he teaches her to shoot

Never Been Kissed

> Waiting on the pitcher's mound after the deadline

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