Inspired by the true story of Beverly Donofrio who, in 1965, got pregnant at the age of 15 derailing her dreams of becoming a writer. Entering into the marriage with little optimism (and to the shaming dismay of her parents), Beverly continues her education while being a wife to her dim-witted husband Ray and a mother to their son Jason. Against the odds, Beverly is determined to go onto college, but that goal becomes more difficult with time, especially after her marriage begins to crumbles while Ray tries to do the right thing but has trouble keeping employment, and becomes addicted to heroin. Directed by Penny Marshall, written by Morgan Upton Ward (adapting from Donofrio's memoir). Starring Drew Barrymore, Steve Zahn, Brittany Murphy, Lorraine Bracco, Adam Garcia, and James Woods.