Director: Sean Anders
Cast: James Marsden, Josh Zuckerman, Amanda
Crew, Katrina Bowden, Seth Green, Clark Duke
RunTime: 1 hr 51 mins
Released By: Shaw
Rating: M18 (Nudity and Sexual Scenes)
Official Website: http://www.sexdrivethemovie.com/
Opening Day: 4 December 2008
Eighteen-year-old Ian Lafferty sets out on a cross-country
drive with best friends, Lance and Felicia, in order to lost
his virginity to a red-hot babe he met online. But the journey,
filled with hilarious misadventures and raunchy escapades,
turns out to be a life-changing experience when everything
Lafferty thinks he knows about life is turned upside down.
Raunchy, raucous and unexpectedly romantic, Sex Drive follows
three teenagers on the road trip of a lifetime.
Think Road Trip meets American Pie and you’ll have some
idea where this Drive is headed. So be forewarned, if you
do not like your jokes crude, offensive or vulgar, mostly
of human reproductive and/or excretory functions, then don’t
bother signing up for the ride.
you’ll find this raunchy comedy a guilty pleasure, its
appeal limited almost exclusively to your baser instincts.
To be sure, its main character Ian seems awfully similar to
Jim Levenstein from the American Pie series. Both are the
kind of nice, sweet teenage guys that can sadly only dream
of getting laid, as proven by a hilarious opening sequence.
American Pie was almost ten years back. Fast forward ten years
later, and you have the beauty of Internet dating. Through
the powers of Instant Messaging (IM), Ian has hooked up with
a gal online who goes by the moniker Ms Tasty. Ms Tasty is
quite the bombshell, if you (like Ian) believe the photos
that she has sent over.
one wet dream and countless other daytime fascinations later,
Ian is finally goaded to steal his aggressively abusive brother
Rex’s GTO and drive 500 miles to meet the gal who claims
she will go “all the way for him”. Turns out that
Ian is also actually in love with his best girl friend, Felicia
(Amanda Crew), but unfortunately for him, she is enamoured
with his other best guy friend, Lance (Clark Duke).
three of them embark on a road trip from Chicago to Knoxville
so Ian can have a chance at getting laid with Ms Tasty. Of
course, there will be many hijinks along the way, courtesy
of perpetually horny Lance. Take for instance, one uproarious
chase sequence that sees Lance running butt naked through
fields of corn after jealous husband finds Lance shagging
will also be many interesting characters that they will meet
along the way, including a spurned hitchhiker (David Koechner)
and an oddly sarcastic Amish auto mechanic (Seth Green). The
latter is a scene-stealer, taking much glee in confusing Ian
by vacillating between helping him repair his car for free
and urging payment in the form of chores around the community.
one reason American Pie became the teenage cultural phenomenon
it did was because apart from its many randy jokes, it had
plenty of heart- something which seems missing in this Drive.
Indeed, for a comedy that wants its audience to connect with
its sweet nice guy lead Ian, the story spends surprisingly
very little time letting us get to know Ian better.
it is content to rely on him as the stereotypical nice guy
to play on the audience’s sympathies. Unfortunately,
Josh Zuckerman as Ian lacks some of Jason Biggs’ goofy
appeal in American Pie, such that most of the time you’ll
laugh with him (or maybe even at him), but you probably won’t
feel very much for him.
his credit, director Sean Anders does keep things moving briskly,
so at no point do you feel that this Drive has run out of
gas. Also, he adds in many nice touches here and there, like
unexpected cutaways that suffice to say should warn you of
how quickly embarrassing moments can end up on the Internet
the whole, this Drive proves to be quite an enjoyable and
amusing ride after all. It drops all pretensions of being
politically correct, forgoes any niceties and revels simply
in hitting below the belt. After all, shouldn’t its
cheeky title already give you a clue what to expect? And yes,
it’s meant to be a pun.
(If you like the taste of American Pie, you’ll
find plenty of mileage in this Drive)
Review by Gabriel Chong