Drive Me Crazy



Drunken teens in a story stretched way too thin.
  • Review Date: May 2, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1999
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable

A brief fight in which a boy's head is slammed against a car.


Some references.


The usual PG-13 words, typical of high school.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A lot of drinking by teens with some throwing up; brief drug use.

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.

What's the story?

In DRIVE ME CRAZY, high school seniors Nicole (Melissa Joan Hart) and her next-door-neighbor/childhood pal Chase (Adrian Grenier) now travel in different crowds. She loves to cheer on the school basketball team and is planning the school's 100th anniversary dance. Chase is a rebel, protesting the mindless conformity of his classmates, too cool to support anything at school. When Nicole is unsuccessful in getting basketball star Brian to the big dance and Chase is dumped by his girlfriend Dulcie, they agree to pretend to be dating to see if they can make their respective heartthrobs jealous. Nicole gives Chase a makeover at Gap, and then they each visit the other's turf. They are surprised to find themselves enjoying each other's environments and friends and enjoying each other. It turns out that they're the ones who get jealous when Brian and Dulcie take the bait.

Is it any good?


If a sitcom episode from the TGIF line-up was crossed with an MTV commercial, you'd get Drive Me Crazy, 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the issue of cliques and snobbery in school, the importance of feeling liked for what one considers most important about oneself, the dangers of trying to manipulate others, and the difficulty of living with a single parent. One character arranges a real-life encounter with a cyber-date -- is this ever ok and what dangers exist in meeting an online contact in person?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 1, 1999
DVD release date:March 14, 2000
Cast:Adrian Grenier, Ali Larter, Melissa Joan Hart
Director:John Schultz
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:teen alcohol and drug use, and for language

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Teen, 17 years old Written byKoOkYMoNsTa234 April 9, 2008


The movie DRIVE ME CRAZY is a movie of the same name as Britney Spears' hit single (which is in it), which might scare some parents away. It is a great, positive movie with some of the normal swears and sexual innuendos of teen flicks, but in all stores on DVD it is in the price range of $5.50-$5.99, which is hard to believe but true! Under the age of 12 is strongly advised since it is on the border, 11 years should do good though but still with guidance
Teen, 13 years old Written byjclover190 July 5, 2012

Drive Me Crazy

Very good but deffinately not for kids under 12 years. A little bit of violence, strong language, people using sexual terms, and teens getting drunk.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byelidy88 July 18, 2009

seee it !!!

i love this the logest !!!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great role models


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