Sex Drive (2008) - Unrated 2-Disc Special Edition

Genre(s): Comedy --> Sex
Summit Entertainment || R - 109 minutes - $26.99 || February 24, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-02-12


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Sean Anders
Writer(s): Andy Behrens (book "All the Way"); Sean Anders & John Morris (screenplay)
Cast: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, Seth Green, James Marsden


Theatrical Release Date: October 17, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Unrated Version
  • 4 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

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Plot Summary: Ian has a decision to make: stay home and stay a virgin or drive 800 miles to lose it with an online hottie. Decision made. Now Ian (Josh Zuckerman) and his horndog buddy Lance (Clark Duke) are off on a sex safari... with “BFF” baggage Felicia (Amanda Crew) in tow. Their epic quest features a stolen GTO, kinky trailer park sex, a prison fight, topless Abstinence Xtreme dancers, a smartass Amish super-mechanic (Seth Green) and his drunken, boob-flashing friends, a gun-wielding Mexican donut and Ian’s “d-bag” brother (James Marsden) in hot pursuit.

Whoo, I think that about explains everything...

[Note: This review covers the R-rated theatrical version, the version the filmmakers’ intended to be watched first. For more info on the unrated cut, check out the special features section.]

Sex Drive isn’t a very original movie, even in the sex comedy genre. We’ve seen this kind of story before in any one of those 80s comedies we so fondly love but even these characters are fairly routine as well.

For instance let’s look at the “horndog buddy” named Lance. Clark Duke is a very funny guy and even in the wild circumstances of the plot, pretty believable (I had a friend kind of like him). However, he also reminded me a little, well OK, a lot like Jonah Hill in all those Judd Apatow sex-related flicks. The similarities are too much to ignore but unlike that s-bomb called College, even this carbon copy character was funny and made the journey so much better. I won’t even touch the Ian character, but he is kind of a mirror image of Jim from American Pie, though thankfully not nearly as pathetic even with his online chats.

Based some on the novel “All the Way”, Sean Anders’ raunchy sex-capade is just funny enough not to be completely forgettable but not good enough to belong in the upper echelon of sex comedies (Porky’s, American Pie, Revenge of the Nerds). That said I found myself laughing my ass off at many scenes in Sex Drive. The Abstinence Xtreme bit, many of Duke’s lines, etc. Now sequences such as that on the Amish farm grew a bit tired but it ultimately pays off so I can’t fault it too much.

The cast of Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, Seth Green and James Marsden — who is very funny in an unusual role (one that reminded me of Chet in Weird Science) — are all quite good together. Which is why, despite any plot shortfalls (well, let’s be honest, the plot is only there to give the guys some T&A), propels Sex Drive past the pretenders.

I’m not sure if this will become a classic some want it to be but I’ll give it a slight recommendation because at least parts of this were funny and with a good cast, including hottie Amanda Crew in what I saw a throwback to Jennifer Love Hewitt in Can’t Hardly Wait, makes Sex Drive a rental or cheap purchase, especially if you’re into the genre.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Unrated Version (129:50) – Alright, I’m putting this as a special feature mainly because at the start co-writer/director Sean Anders and co-writer John Morris begin with an introduction to this version stating it was for the fans and only added in outtakes and general gratuitous nudity shots and that the R-rated version is the one you should watch first (which I did). As for what’s contained in the extra 20-minutes: just as they described. Some extra lines and out-of-left-field full frontal nude shots randomly thrown in.

Filmmakers’ Commentary (Theatrical Version) – The track features co-writer/director Sean Anders, co-writer/producer John Morris and producer Bob Levy. All in all it’s an OK track but I do wish they brought the cast on board, though they do make calls throughout. I don’t know if I was tired but I got pretty bored as the film wore on.

There are a few featurettes to sink your teeth into: Sex Drive: Making a Masterpiece (11:42) is a funny mocking of those making-of’s with a sprinkling of behind-the-scenes footage; The Marsden Dilemma (4:45) pokes fun at an actor who normally does drama or action criticizing him for his lack of comedy skills; Clark: Duke of the Internet (3:55) is a (another) mock profile on Clark Duke; and the award for most Beat a Dead Horse Joke goes to: Killing Time in Hollywood, Florida (18:45) where one guy does his imitation of Randy “Macho Man” Savage to cast members Zuckerman, Crew and Marsden through the hallways of the hotel.

I don’t know why these featurettes couldn’t have fit on either sides A or B of the first disc. Speaking of which, as of this writing (2/12/09), it seems Summit mislabeled disc one. Side A states that it is the R-rated version and Side B is the unrated one when it’s vice versa.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Sex Drive is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 aspect ratio (the unrated version is in 1.85). The picture looks fine with no noticeable dust or scratches.

The disc also comes with a regular ole’ Dolby 5.1 track that is serviceable for a comedy. Only thing I care about is if the dialogue is discernable and that’s it.



.::OVERALL::.

Sex Drive offers little in the way of originality be it with the story or characters but I did laugh at many of the scenes and even the jokes that didn’t quite work weren’t awful either. I never once groaned during the duration and that says something.