When a movie is named after a Britney Spears song, you have to be worried. I have to admit the song is sort of catchy, but if a movie is based around a song, you have to wonder what exactly it is offering. Drive Me Crazy is a big misnomer, but it does have some redeeming qualities. All in all, it is a very enjoyable film - if you don't mind more of the same.
Nicole (Melissa Joan Hart) is a popular girl in school who, after her dream guy asks a different girl to the big dance, decides to go as friends with her next door neighbor/outcast Chase (Adrian Grenier). As they continue to do things together they continue to like each other more and more. Sound familiar? Yes, it sounds very familiar. It even sounds like another 1999 teeny bopper movie, She's All That (although slightly different).
Still, it does have some features that set it apart. The one thing I really liked is that the conversion (where Chase is turned from an outcast into a preppie) is a little more believable, since his whole appearance isn't changed. He gets some new clothes and combs his hair a little bit and that's about it.
There are some pretty funny moments, too, but none of them are on paper. Almost all of the scenes I laughed at were physical gags that the director almost certainly put in himself. Of course that means that the script isn't that funny. The script is, however, pretty average for a film of this type.
There are a lot of stupid things, too. First off, this has to be the richest high school in America. They have a TV station (and they watch TV during school?), all the guys wear about the same thing, and the dance at the end probably cost tens of thousands of dollars. This movie doesn't exactly portray high school how it really is.
Melissa Joan Hart does about as well as expected (I really can only see her as a TV actress), but Adrian Grenier really shines. He seems more like the star than Hart does, because his character changes a lot more during the course of the movie.
Drive Me Crazy didn't drive me crazy, but it didn't get me too excited, either. It's a good date movie, but there are a better ones out there. And it doesn't have a cameo appearance by Britney Spears. Watch it, but don't expect anything special from it.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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