No, it’s not some sort of deranged independent adult film…. Actually, it’s a fairly fun “teen comedy” that caught me by surprise.

I will admit, I rented Sex Drive, not expecting much from it.  It had all the markings of a run-of-the-mill teen “coming of age” comedy.  (The term “coming of age” is movie-speak for ‘someone’s trying to lose his/her virginity.  Hold on, wait—that’s half right.  If a GUY is trying to lose his virginity, it’s a coming-of-age comedy, but if it’s a GIRL trying to lose her virginity, then it’s a controversial coming-of-age drama).

But anyways, I popped this into the DVD player, wondering if I should even waste my time.  And, through the first five minutes or so, it was pretty much what I expected.  It seemed pretty typical of the genre, from Porky’s to American Pie.

…………and then he put the donut suit on.  I laughed.  I laughed again.  After a while, I realized, this movie is really funny.

The plot revolves around an 18 year old kid, Ian, who has met a girl online.  The girl has promised him that if he meets her Tennessee, she will “go all the way.”  Based on this slim chance (and hoping beyond all hope that she doesn’t turn out to be a 54 year old man), Ian and his two best friends set off on a cross-country road trip.

See… based on that plot, I’m sure many of you rolled your eyes and thought “Oh boy, that’s real original.”  But like I said, that’s what I thought too when I saw it.

The humor is fun and original.  It kept me laughing throughout.  There were a few slow moments where I thought “okay, this is where they have run out of material” but then, two minutes later, I’d start laughing again.

I checked out the director on this one.  His name is Sean Anders, and I notice that this is only his second movie.  I hope we see more from him.  I also see that he has a project in development with the title “Meatballs”.  One can only assume that this might be a re-make of another teen comedy from the early 80’s.

As far as the actors are concerned, the three young leads are all a lot of fun and the viewer likes all of them, despite their characters shortcomings.  However, the standout performance has to be Seth Green, who shows up as a sarcastic, wise-cracking Amish named Ezekiel.

(There’s also a good cameo from Fallout Boy).

Is this movie perfect? No.  Is it cliché? Probably.  Is it geared towards the lowest common denominator? Possibly.  But, is it fun? Yes.

A word of warning, this movie contains all of the crude, inappropriate humor that you would expect from this type of movie.  So, if you have sensibilities towards, nudity, sexual jokes and innuendo, then avoid this one at all costs.  But, if that type of thing doesn’t bother you, then you’ll probably enjoy this.

Title: Sex Drive
Year: 2008
Rating: R
Advisories: Sex, Nudity, Foul Language, Underage Drinking
Running Time: 129 minutes (for the unrated version… if you’re going to watch a movie like this, you want to watch the unrated version).