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SEX DRIVE

SYNOPSIS:
Eighteen-year-old Ian Lafferty (Josh Zuckerman) is a reluctant virgin, whose luck seesm to turn when he meets 'Ms Tasty' (Katrina Bowden), a sexy girl online who gives him the come-on. But she's 500 miles away from his Chicago home, in Knoxville. After secretly taking his brother's 1969 GTO, he sets out on a cross country drive with his best friends Lance (Clark Duke) and Felicia (Amanda Crew). But the journey is filled with misadventures, raunchy escapades and an encounter with an Amish farmer (Seth Green). All the while, he and Felicia try to deny their attraction to each other beyond friendship, and on arrival at the designated meeting place with Ms Tasty, things turn out to be not as they seemed.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
The currency of Sex Drive is not just sex, but a persistently expanding element in commercial Hollywood teen movies - the excessive combination of the gross, the crude and the plain stoopid, which devalues the currency of juvenile humour relying on shock value. Penis gags, poo and bum-driven gags, masturbation embarrassments and the consistent use of crude expletives are not nearly as hilarious when over-used as the filmmakers seem to think. But maybe 17 year olds, especially guys, will disagree with me. It's certainly targeted at their insecurities, their raging hormones and their thrill at seeing the misfortune of others in similar circumstances.

It's discomforting to watch really fine young actors like these - Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Seth Green, Katrina Bowden and the very promising Clark Duke - cavort through a screenplay that's so banal. My boredom is surely a sign that neither the story nor the characters are universally engaging. The obligatory scenes of post binge chundering and the obligatory scenes of fumbling or plundering sex are derivative and the worst excesses of behaviour are used for cheap laughs. In that sense, the film's morality is really out of kilter.

Pity that all the good things are drowned in the poo of the whole; and good things include the Amish gags (offensive to the Amish but saved by virtue of being funny), a nearly-spectacular stand off scene near the end where all the protagonists collide - literally and emotionally, and a couple of road race sequences. But I wish I were 17 again so I could enjoy it more ....

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

SEX DRIVE (MA)
(US, 2008)

CAST: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, James Marsden, Clark Dude, Seth Green, Katrina Bowden

PRODUCER: Bob Levy, Leslie Morgenstein, John Morris

DIRECTOR: Sean Anders

SCRIPT: Sean Anders, John Morris (book by Andy Behrens; All The Way)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tim Orr

EDITOR: George Folsey jr

MUSIC: Stephen Trask

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Aaron Osborne

RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Hoyts

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 13, 2008







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