A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
A brief fight in which a boy's head is slammed against a car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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The usual PG-13 words, typical of high school.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of drinking by teens with some throwing up; brief drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is a good deal of drinking by teens in this movie. Both Nicole and Chase react to setbacks by getting drunk at parties. The kids' attitude seems to be that as long as they have a designated driver, there is no reason kids should not drink. Nicole is also betrayed by a friend, who tells Brian that he should be interested in her because she is willing to have sex with him. Later, Nicole insults her by calling her "easy." A drunken boy attempts to force his intentions on a girl, and, when she refuses, he is abusive and insulting. While there are other sexual references, the behavior of the kids is limited to some romantic kissing. One character arranges a real-life encounter with a cyber-date. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If a sitcom episode from the TGIF line-up were crossed with an MTV commercial, you'd get Drive Me Crazy. It's a genial half-hour story stretched out to movie length through the insertion of lots and lots of music for the 11- 16 crowd, who will line up to buy the soundtrack album. It is no coincidence that the name of the movie was changed to the name of Britney Spears' current hit song.
While the plot would fit into an old episode of Gidget and the film lacks subtlety and insight, it is undeniably fun to watch. Grenier, in particular, has real charm. This movie also addresses real issues about the tendency of high school kids to categorize themselves according to clearly defined extremes and to stick with friends who reinforce their interests, attitudes, and appearance.
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