Remember the John Cusack classic, “The Sure Thing” from 1985? Well, I do. Because it’s one of my favorite movies of all-time! So when I heard that this little comedy was similiar, I had to check it out for myself. And I wasn’t completely disappointed by it. It’s a “buddies driving cross country to losing their virginity” comedy that has all the same type of characters from a slew of 80’s comedies that were directed or written by John Hughes. A Molly Ringwald lookalike from “Sixteen Candles”. A brother Chet from “Weird Science”. A Duckie from “Pretty In Pink”. And a kid who looks like Ozzie Osbourne’s son.
The plot is easy enough. Ian (Duckie) and his 2 best friends, Lance & Felicia, pile into Ian’s brothers’ car and drive south to help Ian lose his virginity. Along the way, they get into all kinds of situations. From tangling with rednecks to meeting up with a sarcastic Amish mechanic (played by Seth Green, who is hilarious) to being chased by Ian’s psycho brother (played by James Marsden, in an odd role choice for him). With every chance that something wrong can happen, it does.
In the end though, Ian and Felicia (played by Amanda Crew, who really IS a brunette Ringwald, with the same smile and sad eyes) realize that even though they’ve been best friends since they were kids, they actually love one another in a romantic way. It’s the foolproof ending to a typical teen sex romp, and this little movie doesn’t do anything differently. But that might not be a bad thing. “Sex Drive” isn’t a great movie. It is spotty at best. But I had fun watching it and I will probably watch it again if I ever see it on HBO or Skinamax. But I don’t know if I would pay full price for it. It’s a matinee at best!
Overall Rating: C+