I have a new actress-crush. Her name: Amanda Crew. She plays the hot goth BFF in Sex Drive, the latest R-rated teen comedy to hit DVD. She's the best part about the movie.
Sex Drive, from upstart Summit Entertainment, came and went from theaters with little promotion or buzz, though one wonders - and by "one," I mean "me" - how much more of a marketing push it would have received had it been released after Twilight filled the distributor's coffers. Though long past the days of American Pie and Road Trip, where audiences actually demanded comedies like these, Sex Drive still holds its own surprisingly well. Though Amanda Crew is still the best part.
The movie is your typical road trip kind of movie, where a couple of friends set off across the country so that one of the guys, Ian (Josh Zuckerman), can meet a girl he met online. To hug, not to have sex, of course. After a few mishaps, though, Ian, his friend Lance (Clark Duke) and his BFF-whom-he-secretly-wants Felicia (Crew) find themselves stumbling into one fiasco after the other, including incidents involving sarcastic Amish (Seth Green), a psychotic brother (James Marsden) and a car thief (Katrina Bowden). Oh, and while Ian is in love with Felicia, she's in love with Lance, who, unlike his nice-guy pal, knows how to play the ladies.
There's nothing remarkable about Sex Drive, and most of the movie has been done before in a variety of films. Marsden's one-dimensional character seems like a cheap rip-off of Seann William Scott's Stifler. The movie lacks that one defining moment that many of the great raunchy comedies have, and for the most part it evokes chuckles rather than hearty laughs.
Nevertheless, for those who enjoy the genre, Sex Drive is worth seeing. It has enough scattered laughs to be considered funny and is an overall entertaining picture. The main characters have good chemistry together; Duke is particularly good. The talking donut is a pretty good addition, too.
Sex Drive doesn't stand out in any way or form, but it is what it is and embraces that. It rarely sinks to unnecessary crude or cliché antics to please the audience, and is an overall well-written picture. Recommended.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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