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  Sex Drive

Starring: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, James Marsden, Seth Green

Directed by: Sean Anders

Produced by: Bob Levy, Leslie Morgenstein, John Morris

Written by: Sean Anders, John Morris

Distributor: Summit Entertainment


     The comparisons between Sex Drive and Superbad are abundant and apparent. It would be downright ignorant of one to claim that the minds behind the former didn’t consider the success of the latter when making their film. Indeed, Sex Drive bears quite the external resemblance to last year’s Judd Apatow-produced cultural-phenomenon. Seriously: is there much of a difference between a plot about shy teen who plans to travel cross-country to have sex with a hottie he meets on a social-networking website and a plot about a geeky teen/obnoxious teen-duo that tries to get laid by scoring similar hotties alcohol? Perhaps not in terms of narrative there isn’t, but rest assured, Sex Drive and Superbad are two radically different films. Apatow’s baby found its laughs in socially-relatable, awkward humor and this picture… well, prefers to deal with far more relevant humor about snarky Amish mechanics named Ezekiel.

     Yes, Sex Drive features a snarky Amish mechanic named Ezekiel, hilariously played by Seth Green in a role that only Seth Green could pull off. (The “Amish mechanic” paradox only represents only the tip of the character’s iceberg of ironies.) But Ezekiel’s scenes only account for a mere part of protagonist Ian’s (Josh Zuckerman) hopeless journey from Chicago to Knoxville in search of a promised sex-filled night he will never be able to see through. (Keep in mind that he’s hardly the bench-pressing quarterback he pretends to be online, nor does he know that his skanky Cinderella is who she says she is, either.) Before Ian can get on his way, he must endure an outrageous battle with his boisterously homophobic brother Rex (James Marsden), who is going out of town for the weekend but would rather die than have Ian steal his personal lover (his 1969 GTO) while he’s away. Once Ian successfully jacks the GTO and hits the road, he finds himself joined by two passengers. Good pal Lance (Clark Duke) comes along to coach Ian on wooing women and to throw in some crude-humor for good measure. And Felicia (Amanda Crew), Ian’s real crush who he’s never been able to hook up with in fear of fracturing their lifelong friendship, joins not knowing the real reason why they’re Knoxville-bound.

      Completely goofy and somewhat disposable laughs ensue. Regardless of its episodic structure and ultimate superfluous nature, however, Sex Drive is a very funny movie to experience and deserves seeking out based on laughs alone. But if chuckles aren’t enough, the film also features a true breakthrough performance by Amanda Crew that makes it worth seeing all the more. Even though I’m a bit partial to Crew’s work because she’s so darn attractive, the young Canadian actress boasts terrific likability, comic timing, and downright voluptuousness throughout Sex Drive, making for the perfect best friend/one-that-got-away in a teen comedy and proving that she’s got the acting-chops to go a long way in Hollywood. I had the exact same feeling about Keira Knightley back when Bend it like Beckham came out. Whatever one’s reason for seeing Sex Drive—enjoyable laughs or star-in-the-making—the movie will prove worth the price of admission. Not since (you guessed it) Superbad have American moviegoers been treated to a teen-comedy as funny and engaging as this one.

-Danny Baldwin, Bucket Reviews

Review Published on: 10.15.2008

Screened on: 7.25.2008 at the Reading Gaslamp 15 in San Diego, CA


Sex Drive is rated R and runs 109 minutes.

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