New on DVD: Sex Drive


Sex Drive may not be as groundbreaking as its teen sex comedy predecessors, but you will squirm, giggle, and laugh out loud.

Ian (Josh Zuckerman) is at risk of starting college a virgin. His pudgy Casanova friend Lance (Clark Duke) has tried amending the situation but their best gal pal Felicia (Amanda Crew) somehow prevents success at every turn. Ian lives at home, which eventually leads to the revelation that his younger brother has more game than him. Ian’s older brother Rex (James Marsden) torments him every chance he gets. But when Rex leaves town without his vintage Pontiac GTO, Ian grows a set and steals the keys. He and his friends set out on a road trip from Chicago to Knoxville so Ian can lose his virginity to Ms. Tasty, a hot blonde he’s been talking to on the Internet. Of course, they encounter a lot of roadblocks on the way.

The concept of a teenage boy desperate to “visit grandma’s” is not new but the comedy is rescued by the road trip, which affords the writers more opportunity for hilarity. Most notable is Seth Green’s Amish car mechanic Ezekiel. His deadpan sarcasm is priceless, and difficult to respond to as a character. And apparently Amish kids on Ramspringa, a rite of passage spring break-style, really know how to party.

Another character worth mentioning is Señor Donut. By day, it’s just a big rubber donut suit Ian is forced to wear for work; but by night, it’s a fierce crime fighting pastry. He is a very memorable character and a perfect focus for marketing.

Zuckerman, Crew and Duke fit their roles and play well together but they don’t stand out from those that came before them. Marsden, on the other hand, is hilarious as the obnoxious gearhead with a short fuse. This role is unlike any he’s played before and he committed to it fully.

The DVD is on two discs. The first disc contains the theatrical version of the flick, as well as hilarious bonus features. “Sex Drive: Making a Masterpiece” is a making-of featurette spoof, with almost no one sharing a nice word and every member of the cast and crew that appear on-camera in on the joke. “The Marsden Dilemma” and “Clark: Duke of the Internet” focus on each actor and his (fake) inflated ego. “Killing Time in Hollywood (Florida)” is nearly indescribable but two words say a lot: Macho Man. Surprisingly, the audio commentary with director/writer Sean Anders, writer/producer John Morris and producer Bob Levy, is the least comical because the guys learned about filmmaking from other commentary tracks and want to pay it forward.

Disc-two holds the unrated version of the picture. But this is not your typical variation that just includes a little more cursing, or a little more nudity. The unrated edition of Sex Drive is an extra 20 minutes chalk full of random nudity, although the female to male ratio is way out of proportion. In any case, at any given moment, a naked man or woman (yes, naked) can be spotted walking through or decorating a scene. In addition, there are varied scenes included that even the actors couldn’t get through with a straight face and a lot of fart sounds.

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