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Sex Drive


Review by Rebecca Roth

Sex Drive is a hilarious teen comedy that is a cross-breed between American Pie and Superbad, and if you have a sense of humor that angles towards that type of comedy, you will definitely get a laugh or two out of it.

Hopeless virgin Ian (Josh Zuckerman) meets a hot girl online, naturally lying about his physique and car to impress her, until she begins pressing for a meeting. Out of desperation to “get some”, and at the prodding of best friend Lance (Clark Duke) he steals his Stiffler-esqe bother’s (James Marsden) mint condition Pontiac GTO, and heads off on a road trip with his two best friends to meet the mystery woman. Their accident-prone journey leads them into the path of many hilarious characters, the most impressive being an Amish mechanical prodigy named Ezekiel (Seth Green, who as always drips sarcastic wit).

Much to my surprise, the two little known leads, Josh Zuckerman and Clark Duke really did well playing their contrasting roles. Zuckerman is overly innocent; the geeky kid just waiting to come out of his shell, yet keeps getting pushed back down and laughed at by his peers despite all his attempts to be “cool”. Alternately, Duke hams it up as a complete playboy who wins over the ladies by treating them badly, quite the opposite of his outward appearance. James Marsden likewise proved his acting chops with amazing range in the past year (Enchanted, Hairspray, 27 Dresses), nailing this over-the-top performance as the twenty-something older brother, still living at home, obsessed with his car, and practically straight out of Dukes of Hazzard.

This wild ride leads to some unexpected and hilarious misadventures, but similar to 2007’s Accepted, it ends with a heart.  If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch with friends that you probably haven’t seen, pick this one up when it hits the shelves on DVD.

3 ½ / 5 stars

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