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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Crime, coke, cursing in cautionary car mogul tale.

Movie R 2019 108 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Driven - The Overdrive Slows it Down Badly

While the subject is basically interesting the screenplay and direction for this treatment leave much to be desired. The fact alone, that almost all characters involved are unlikeable will put it at odds with many audiences. Then, trying to squeeze some worthy personality elements from egotistical mainstream conmen (auto magnate John DeLorean, etc) and small-time boy-next-door drug runner (John Hoffman) is a stretch anyway. Performances are mostly on the mark but the potty-mouthed crude dialogue is often overdone and unnecessary. The cars are cool and the production is agreeable but it often feels too far removed from its factual background to remain engaging, and somehow, the pacing makes the whole thing seem much longer than it actually is – this makes for not a good feel.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

If you're looking for the truth about what happened to John DeLorean, put on the brakes. But if you're looking for an example of how the American dream can be achieved or derailed, Driven hums as a cautionary tale. DeLorean's story is bigger than two hours; he spent more than a decade climbing to power on a slippery slope. But the film makes it appear that the arrogant entrepreneur was a rookie in the world of shady deals with criminals, rather than the regular player that history shows he was. Director Nick Hamm hones in on the mogul's toxic friendship with Hoffman, his neighbor with a checkered past. Hamm paints them both as far more sympathetic than either likely deserves.

It's like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: Real Life, with both men portrayed as charming and empathetic rogues who simply made a few iffy decisions and now are trying to right the ship. Both hit their moment of absolute desperation at the same time and see the other as a lifeline to escape. Other parties had a role to play in this story as well: the wives, the FBI agent arranging the sting, and a couple of drug smugglers. The film gets really chewy when you start to analyze it on an ethics and culpability scale: Who's "good," who's "bad," and who's complicit?

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