Sex Drive

October 17th, 2008

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Sex Drive

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A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.7/10 (39,668 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Sean Anders

Stars: Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, Amanda Crew

Ian is a high school senior in suburban Chicago, plagued by being a virgin. Online he's inflated his resume, met Ms. Tasty, and agreed to drive to Knoxville where she promises sex. He steals his homophobic, macho brother's GTO, and, with his two best friends, Lance and Felicia, heads south. Every young woman who meets Lance, including Felicia, is attracted to him, as he practices his aptly learned "Pick-Up Artist" skills. Ian, on the other hand, is a decent guy who wouldn't mind if his friendship with Felicia became a romance. By the time they get to Knoxville, they have encountered a jealous boyfriend, a menacing hitchhiker, jail birds, carjackers, an Amish community, and Ian's better judgment.

Writers: Sean Anders, John Morris

Josh Zuckerman - Ian
Amanda Crew - Felicia
Clark Duke - Lance
James Marsden - Rex
Seth Green - Ezekiel
Alice Greczyn - Mary
Katrina Bowden - Ms. Tasty
Charlie McDermott - Andy (as Charles McDermott)
Mark L. Young - Randy
Cole Petersen - Dylan
Dave Sheridan - Bobby Jo
Michael Cudlitz - Rick
Allison Weissman - Becca
Andrea Anders - Brandy
Kim Ostrenko - Ian's Stepmom

Taglines: He's leaving virgin territory


Official Website: Summit Entertainment [United States] |

Release Date: 17 October 2008

Filming Locations: Belle Glade, Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,262 (Estonia) (28 December 2008) (1 Screen)

Gross: $15,079,259 (Worldwide) (29 March 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (unrated version)

Did You Know?

Both Seth Green (Ezekiel) and Katrina Bowden (Ms. Tasty) have appeared in Fall Out Boy music videos before this film. Seth Green is in the funeral scene of in "It Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race" and Katrina Bowden was the mean girl dancing with Patrick Stump in "Dance Dance".

Revealing mistakes: At the credits when showing the pictures, the one with Lance is about to cut his hand with the saw, you can see that the saw has no teeth.

Ian: [handing Felicia a new t-shirt] Another one for the collection.
Felicia: Oh, cool. Thanks.
[she stares at nothing leaning on the GTO]
Ian: What?
[she points down on the car roof. Lance is on the back seat comforting a sobbing Brandy]
Lance: It's okay, Brandy. it's okay, baby, don't cry.
Ian: Lance, what are you doing?
Lance: Dude, you should be ashamed of yourself, because I'm just trying to show another human being a little compassion.
Lance: And my dick.

User Review

Pretty Hilarious

Rating: 7/10

I saw Sex Drive at a sneak preview presented by my university. It's a seemingly typical teen sex comedy in the vein of Superbad meets Road Trip. Zuckerman plays Ian, a young virgin with no luck with the ladies, a crush on his childhood friend Felicia (Crew), a jerk of an older brother (Marsden), and is best friends with an Austin Powers-esquire Casanova by the name of Lance (Duke). On the internet, he poses as a football player while courting a mysterious girl online. When the girl invites him to go "all the way", he steals his brother's GTO and heads to Knoxville with Felicia and Lance. Ian's character has the usual nerdy teen virgin-in-a-movie problems: falls for the wrong girls, takes few risks, gets caught in embarrassing sexual situations. On the road trip, they run into a series of hilarious, awkward, and weird situations. And on the way, they discover that sex isn't the most important thing, and that true love can be found in both odd and familiar places.

It's not exactly stunningly original, but it's still a hilarious film. The three leads do a pretty good job, Lance being a particularly funny character. Marsden and Green steal the show in all the scenes they're in, and all of the characters in the film are interesting, even if most of them are stock characters. The script is also well-connected, with most of the characters being connected to the larger plot, and combines wit, ribaldry, and straight adult humor well. Every gag sequence gets big laughs, and the comedy never slows down or dies out. The internet cut-aways are especially hilarious supplements.

It's refreshing to see a genuinely adult comedy not coming from the Apatow crew or McKay and Ferrell. Although it lacks star leads and filmmakers and will probably drop under the radar, I definitely recommend Sex Drive to anyone looking for a big laughs.

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