Ten Other Self-help Books That Should Be Drew Barrymore Movies
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Ten Other Self-help Books That Should Be Drew Barrymore Movies

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The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren

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After passing out on her couch following an evening of hard partying, Drew Barrymore has an epiphany in which a benevolent spirit (Kirk Cameron) convinces her to drop her life of dudes and drugs and travel to New Orleans to help rebuild churches in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While there, she encounters a kind preacher (Stephen Baldwin) and a rugged grocery-store worker (two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner) who help her find the path to salvation... and maybe even love!
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The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

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Unlucky in love and tired of men, Drew Barrymore sets out to amass all of the world's power, following each of the rules in Robert Greene's creepy step-by-step guide. She crushes her enemies totally (No. 15), enters action with boldness (No. 28), and plays on people's need to believe to create a cultlike following (No. 27) - but will a chance encounter with a high-school crush make it tricky to abide by Law No. 20 ("Do Not Commit to Anyone")?
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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

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Drew Barrymore plays a woman being pursued by two brothers - a computer programmer with 10,000 hours experience and a hockey player born in October, who, thus, will probably never amount to anything (both are played by Josh Lucas). Her Asian friend (who is great at math, obviously) points out that the programmer makes more money, but Drew ultimately picks the hockey player when he successfully lands an airplane after its Colombian pilot runs out of gas but is too shy to tell air traffic control.
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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

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Drew Barrymore headlines as a woman whose romantic difficulties are almost as bad as her task-completion problems. One day, she attends a David Allen seminar and learns the importance of a workflow process, a framework with six levels of focus, and a natural planning method. The plot is advanced when she drafts an ordered list of her goals: (1) Have a string of failed relationships with perfect-seeming guys who turn out to be jerks, and (2) Meet and fall in love with a jerky-seeming guy who turns out to be perfect - and tackles them in a timely fashion.
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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

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Drew Barrymore emerges from a four-year coma, making her Earth's only woman unaware of the pickup technique outlined in The Game. PUA "Mystery" (played onscreen by Jimmy Fallon) successfully seduces her using a series of negs and kino ladders. When she realizes what happened, she's furious, but eventually she learns to look past his douchey exterior to the douche underneath. The film ends tragicomically when he chokes on his hat.
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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

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Drew Barrymore stars as a free-spirited Northwestern economics grad student who ventures into the Cabrini Green projects on the north side of Chicago to research the lives of drug dealers. Along the way, she finds herself drawn to a dashing young man (Tristan Wilds, The Wire) who yearns to escape the lifestyle and move with her to the suburbs of Evanston. The two quickly begin falling for each other, but one thing stands in the way of their blossoming romance: the fact that he still lives with his hilariously outspoken mother (Martin Lawrence).
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The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

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Drew Barrymore toplines this romantic comedy as an astrophysics professor dying of congenital heart disease. On the day of her last-ever lecture, during which she imparts the accumulated wisdom of her lifetime, she realizes that she's in love with the brilliant head of the university's Biology department (Adam Sandler), who has always had a crush on her. At movie's end, he presents her with a new heart, which he built in his laboratory.
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The Official SAT Study Guide by The College Board

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Drew Barrymore plays an underachieving high-school junior who finds herself torn between her quarterback boyfriend (Chace Crawford) and the bookish tutor (James Franco) who's helping her prepare for her standardized tests. On the morning of the SAT, she experiences a series of Slumdog Millionaire-style flashbacks that not only demonstrate how her life experiences align perfectly with the questions she finds on the test, but also point her toward her romantic destiny.
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The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

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Drew Barrymore plays a laid-off American who falls in love via video conference with the Bangalorean remote assistant (Dev Patel) to whom her old job is outsourced. Patel's character teaches Drew's the importance of being a specialized, adaptable worker. In turn, she misdials his telephone number and unwittingly averts a war between India and Pakistan.

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