By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Summit Entertainment
I guess I should assume that both Variety and THR are just too uptight to understand the comedy behind Sex Drive. Since every early report we've heard form the film claims that it's the cat's pajamas, I can only wonder why these two publications aren't nearly as positive.
Sex Drive Officially Reviewed
I can't believe it. After laughing my ass off (with others) at every media release for Sex Drive, we're now being told that it's just okay. I don't believe...
It may not matter to its target aud that "Sex Drive" is nothing more than a raunched-up, dumbed-down version of "The Sure Thing," since most members of that demographic weren't yet born when Rob Reiner's 1985 coming-of-age comedy was released. But since the new pic contains little that's genuinely amusing or minimally original, it likely will fail on its own merits (or lack thereof) as a youth-market magnet in theatrical release. An unrated director's cut might perform slightly better as homevid fare.
Trying for reheated "American Pie" if served up by Judd Apatow, the raunchy "Sex Drive" is by no means "Superbad," but thanks to a likable cast, neither is it superbad.
Although the road taken is a mighty familiar one, those bright performances help compensate for the onslaught of the sort of innocent sexism and good-natured homophobia that constitute too much of the humor, not to mention a prolonged running time that qualifies as more of a relationship than a one-night-stand.
The R-rated results might lure some packs of young males looking for titillation in a market saturated with date movies, but it likely will travel further in the ancillary lanes.
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