“Sex Drive” It was not an Hour and 1/2
Running Time: 1 hr. 48 min.
Release Date: October 17th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, language, some drug and alcohol use--all involving teens.
Distributors: Summit Entertainment, LLC
Directed by: Sean Anders
JJ Rating: B
Ian (Josh Zuckerman) met a female online. Said female wants to meet him. Ian is excited to do this and is accompanied by his best friends Lance (Clark Duke) and Felicia (Amanda Crew). Oh and his brother’s, Rex (James Marsden), 1969 GTO. Sex Drive.
Of course the importance of this road trip is to de-sex a character. That’s always important in films like these. The odd thing is that people are comparing this to Super Bad and that’s retarded. That’s like comparing Super Bad to Fast Times at Ridgemont High. It just can’t be done. Maybe in hopes of being witty and cool, but nothing a seriously cool moviegoer would do.
The rule is that NO comedy (rare exceptions of course) can exceed the hour and half limit that makes a comedy good. Sex Drive does that and that is one of its problems. The other problem is that the characters, good as they are, are not played up enough. They are like a great speech being whispered. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches were awesome, but what if he whispered that ‘I Have a Dream’ speech? How great would that not have been? That’s like the characters in Sex Drive. They were great as an idea and such but they were under played by the situations they were in. Then there was James Mardsen and Seth Green. They were just hilarious. Overreacting Mardsen to every little thing and Green’s deadpan sarcasm that was so subtle it was perfect.
There was amble creativity in this film with the way the messages popped up on the screen to how many different uncomfortable scenes that could reference a penis. Then there’s the pee in the radiator scene that is pretty funny. Sex Drive had its classic moments that people will remember. They might not remember it like: “Remember in Sex Drive when…” and more like: “Remember that scene from…what was that movie?”
I was amused at the beginning of the film. It’s funny like 40-Year-Old Virgin’s beginning. It’s a guy type beginning. Only a guy would understand beginning. Only guy moments are funny because of the accurate notion that most guys have been through a similar situation. The Amish bit was pretty cool. It might be offensive in some aspects but the idea that they are naïve to what goes on outside their realm is what I found to be funny thing to dispel through humor.
It’s penis humor. If you don’t find penis humor funny…well half this film will totally just lose you.
Sex Drive’s length killed the film, to me. It could have been a higher grade if it didn’t linger in some areas longer than it needed. It tried to be heartfelt and it somewhat worked, but mostly it just turned a bit awkward instead. If it had more of a grip on that and timing it would have faired better. Film a comedy, keep it at an hour and half and all will be golden; well for the most part.
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