Sex Drive In the '80s, if you went to see a jovial piece of horndogus comedicus like Losin' It or License to Drive , it was product,… Sex Drive In the '80s, if you went to see a jovial piece of horndogus comedicus like Losin' It or License to Drive , it was product,… 2008-10-17 R PT108M Comedy Clark Duke Josh Zuckerman Seth Green James Marsden Summit Entertainment
Movie Review

Sex Drive (2008)

MPAA Rating: R
Sex Drive | JAIL BAIT Clark Duke and Josh Zuckerman are the break out stars of Sex Drive
JAIL BAIT Clark Duke and Josh Zuckerman are the break out stars of Sex Drive
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Oct 17, 2008; Rated: R; Length: 108 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Clark Duke and Josh Zuckerman; Distributor: Summit Entertainment

In the '80s, if you went to see a jovial piece of horndogus comedicus like Losin' It or License to Drive, it was product, pure and simple. In our era, films like Road Trip or the new Sex Drive filter their leering, gross-out, smash-and-grab antics through a scrim of nostalgia. You're no longer just watching raunchy teen trash — you're watching an affectionate homage to the raunchy teen trash of yesteryear. What is new is the way that Internet culture has ratcheted up the shock value. When Ian (Josh Zuckerman), a virgin who thinks he’s met the online hookup of his dreams, jumps into his brother’s 1969 GTO to drive from Chicago to Knoxville, he and his pals — Felicia (Amanda Crew), whom he secretly adores, and Lance (Clark Duke), who adores himself — undergo a set of escapades that run from the sleazy to the sick.

Lance, played with a spew of attitude by newcomer Duke (who could be a baby member of Weezer), finds a few girls of his own, one with a scatological fetish. The sheer pileup of boner gags and the use of a certain three-letter gay slur — I don't even like printing the word, but it's now woefully routine in youth comedy — is relentless. Yet Sex Drive twits its own lost innocence with a knowing backward glance (the winsome leads deserve a more humane movie), and Seth Green is uproarious as an Amish farmer who speaks in sentences so passive-aggressive, they're like tiny slaps. B–

Originally posted Oct 15, 2008 Published in issue #1017 Oct 24, 2008 Order article reprints