Sex Drive

  • Review Date: October 13, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Vulgar teen sex comedy lacks verve and vision.
  • Review Date: October 13, 2008
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teens have sex with complete strangers, though it's worth noting that they're also shown shopping for condoms. Friends are loyal to one another, even when their bonds are tested. Parents seem downright invisible. Some sexist and homophobic jokes.

Violence

A man in a truck tries to mow down a naked teenager he catches having sex with his wife. Lots of yelling. Two brothers can't seem to stop fighting; the older one likes to beat up on the younger. Gunshots are fired, and a gun is brandished.

Sex

Characters listen in on others having sex; bare breasts are exposed, as well as a man's testes. Lots of talk about sex: how to have it, what makes it fun. The film opens with a teenager having a dream about someone performing a sex act on him (oral sex is implied). A sex toy features prominently in one scene. Online sex chats are shown onscreen. Characters hook up with strangers, some of whom are married.

Language

Frequent and crude; includes everything from "bitch" and "goddamn" to "c--ksucker" and "f--k."

Consumerism

Mentions of Trapper Keeper notebooks and other products, plus logos for Lifestyles condoms, Pontiac GTO, Vans shoes, and Senor Donut.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Loads of teenage drinking, often to excess. Little discussion of the consequences, including drinking and driving. Some allusions to drug use.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this hard-R high school sex comedy -- which is squarely aimed at teens -- is "Judd Apatow lite," meaning that it has all the crassness of Apatow's comedies but not nearly as much heart or brilliance. It centers around a high school senior who's fixed on losing his virginity with the help of a girl he met on the Internet. The road trip to see her is pockmarked with one over-the-top sequence after the next, many of which feature nudity, graphic discussions of sex acts, sex toys, and more. There's also plenty of underage drinking and lots of swearing (including "f--k").

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Ian (Josh Zuckerman) is a high school virgin in love with his best friend, Felicia (Amanda Crew). But she might have the hots for someone else. Besides, Ian's been keeping Internet company with a "sure thing." (No coincidence there; SEX DRIVE's basic plot has an awful lot in common with the John Cusack classic of the same name.) A girl he only knows by her Web name, Ms. Tasty, promises to have sex with him if he drives down from Chicago to Knoxville to meet her in his stylin' 1969 Pontiac GTO. Ian's womanizing friend, Lance (Clark Duke), thinks it's an offer he can't refuse. But here's the catch: It's not really Ian's car -- it belongs to his older brother, Rex (James Marsden), who's ferocious, fearsome, macho, and loves his car more than his family.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This sometimes-hilarious but more often woefully unwitty comedy does have some appeal. Marsden, for starters. Who knew he had it in him to play comically deranged? His bearing, his cackle, his utter commitment to being totally, horrendously foul -- it's perfection. And then there's Zuckerman, who plays the awkward, self-conscious, sensitive teen to a T. In the end, viewers do actually care a little bit whether he ends up with the right girl. And, as a snarky Amish mechanic, Seth Green hits a home run every time he has a line (sadly, his appearance is much too brief).

But honestly, that's pretty much it. Because though director Sean Anders aspires to Judd Apatow-ian (is that a word?) greatness, he doesn't display Apatow's keen ability to separate the offensive from the outrageous. Instead, what we get is crass, gratuitous, gross-out humor flecked with too few moments of pure comedy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the consequences of underage drinking. How realistic is what happens to the teen characters in this movie? What do you think would happen to them in real life if they got drunk? Families can also discuss whether the film portrays teens -- and, by extension, teen life -- accurately? If so, how? What issues does the film address? Was Ian's decision to drive so far to tryst with a stranger adventurous or foolhardy? What about his intent pursuit of losing his virginity? Why is it so important to him? Is that realistic?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:October 15, 2008
DVD release date:February 24, 2009
Cast:Amanda Crew, James Marsden, Josh Zuckerman
Director:Sean Anders
Studio:Summit Entertainment
Genre:Comedy
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong crude and sexual content, nudity, language, some drug and alcohol use - all involving teens.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bypeanutbuttergurl6 December 16, 2009
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16
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superbad wuz funnier

great but not as funny as superbad. just be lucky this isn't the unrated version because...that one is definitley NOW FOR KIDS
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old January 8, 2012
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13
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Cut us some slack :)

Too be honest, I'm 12 and I've watched it, ok theres a lot of sex and swearing but come'on cut up some slack were not gonna go out and copy what there doing. We know it's wrong and right to do that, it's just a harmless movie which is funny to watch. As for swearing your gonna swear if you want to, it's not take a movie to start it off, you start swearing when you want, you can control it :)
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written by012345678900000 December 24, 2012
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16
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not for kids

not for kids
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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