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Harry wants to kickass in a Mexican Donut Costume just like in the hilarious SEX DRIVE!

SEX DRIVE is a film that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to. I didn’t really know who anybody in it was. I wasn’t familiar with any of the talent behind the film – and the trailers and red band material were funny, but what if that was as good as it got? Right now we’ve got a wealth of wonderful comedy material coming from folks like Kevin Smith and the Judd Apatow Mafia – but this could have been just some knock off of SUPERBAD and it might just be a pale comparison. Ummm… Let’s nip that fear in the bud, cuz this is a fantastic original comedy by whole group of talented folks, most of whom – you don’t know yet! Let’s start with the breakout actor of the film, Clark Duke as Lance. Who? Yeah, that was pretty much my reaction. He had done an internet series with Michael Cera called CLARK & MICHAEL – and he plays Dale on a show I’ve never seen called GREEK, but folks – after you see SEX DRIVE – you’re going to mark him. Next year he’s in A THOUSAND WORDS as Eddie Murphy’s traumatized assistant and he’s just been cast in a small supporting role in Matthew Vaughn’s KICKASS. But for those that see SEX DRIVE, you’re going to be looking for the next film that he’ll headline, because Clark Duke can carry a movie. He comes across as though a 19 year old Dudley Moore, with an American Accent, was cast in the parts that Matthew Broderick was getting in the Eighties. Remember the joy that Broderick had in FERRIS BEULLER’S DAY OFF? Just how much fun he was having – the joy that was on his face – Clark’s LANCE has that, he also has that confidence. Clark also has a bit of ARTHUR to him, a tad of that Dudley sense of style and flair. He’s an Alpha-Geek. He’s a nerd that knows how to get laid and has no fear of man, fowl or vagina, but make no bones about it, he’s a geek – a dorky looking fellow, an oddball that somehow everyone likes and women adore. It’s a rare character to see in film, and not usually believed in, but there’s plenty out there. Especially these days where in some sects of society geeks are being raised with no stigma attached to it, they don’t know that that’s a bad thing. Well, they now have a cinematic patron saint of geek youth. He may be a lascivious sort, but he doesn’t want to be, he wants to find the right lady – but he’s an honorable friend that won’t lay with a girl if it could hurt anyone he cares for. He’s a fair sport. And an utterly awesome character. The best known actor in the film is James Marsden – and he’s in fine fine form here as the aggressive “CHET-style” big brother. Now he isn’t CHET, but he is that brutal older brother to our main character, Ian (Josh Zuckerman), he’s constantly calling his younger brother gay for not having a girlfriend. He has an awesome car, he’s a motorbike freak and kinda like Moriarty when he gets angry. I once saw Drew – Nicholson out just like Marsden on the family’s garage door. It was unrestrained horror. But ridiculously funny to think about. There’s an awesome arc for Marsden’s Rex, but you’d have to be one helluva ass to spoil it. However, Marsden is on a comedic run – his work in HAIRSPRAY, ENCHANTED and SEX DRIVE makes 3 fantastic turns of the comedic sort. And honestly, each one is stronger & funnier than the one before. I’m fascinated to see what he has in store for us with his turn in David Russell’s NAILED, because we know how good David is with comedy already. Then there’s Seth Green’s post-modern ironic take on an Amish Ezekial. It’s completely in the conception of the character and then Seth’s smartass delivery. But he’s one of the best ball-busting characters I’ve seen in quite some time. You get a hint of his character in the trailers, but I guarantee you, you’re not prepared for just how funny he is. These three actors are the stand-outs, the cream of this very healthy crop of talent, but make no bones about it, the rest of the performers are consistently and constantly on. Perhaps my favorite pair are these two slackers that try to hit on every girl that comes their way. They’re masters of the “bad pass” – a crude offer of sexual satisfaction, that often times gets a girl to address them, to be curious, but… well, for them it’s the pursuit, not the capture they’re good at – but no matter, they’re hysterical. The basic storyline is about getting Ian (Josh Zuckerman) deflowered. This is his story, we see him at the beginning of the film trying to flirt via some form of messenger conversation with some gal calling herself Ms. Tasty. His friend Lance (Clark Duke) feels it’s paramount that he get past the issue of getting laid and take off on a several hundred mile trip to lay down with Ms Tasty. So he ‘borrows’ his brother’s motorized penis in pursuit of pussy. He’s taking his best friend Lance – and by chance the girl he’s crushing on, Felicia (the lovely Amanda Crew), who is crushing on Lance. This is an R-rated comedy folks, one that has tits and a few other exposed areas as well… all for maximum comedic effect. The hottest of the gals, in my opinion, is Alice Greczyn’s Amish MARY – oh my. Please, let sexy Amish be the new sexy Halloween costume. But there’s a lot of attractive ladies in this film. SEX DRIVE is an absurd, hilarious film about the pursuit of piercing the clefted peach, but through the ridiculous hilarity of it all – there’s that honest sweetness that comes with the issues dealt with. This isn’t an imitator, it is, in fact, the real deal. A hilarious, original sex comedy that you really must seek out.

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  • Sept. 9, 2008, 2:49 a.m. CST

    sexy Amish

    by Bloo

    how exactly would you pull that off

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Clark Duke RULES!!!!

    by slimballs

    He is the best thing in the suprisingly good ABC Family show Greek. He and James Marsden are the reason I really want to see this movie.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST

    Harry isn't full of shit

    by TequilaMocking

    The movie is gold.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Clark Duke has come off as a smug bastard to me...

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Riding the coat-tails of others success. What's interesting and has been previously noted about Apatow movies is that he casts people who are exactly like their characters. In real life, Michael Cera, according to someone I know who's interacted with him a few times, is apparently exactly like he is in the movies - somewhat awkward, but generally funny I guess if you calm hid down. Having seen Clark Duke in Clark and Michael's, I've seen him as more of a douche. Apparently, that's not too far off...

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 3:13 a.m. CST

    "RUUUUMSPRINGAAAAA!"

    by drew mcweeny

    It really is very funny. And if you're coming to the Thursday screening in LA, we may have yet another special guest joining us, so make sure you've sent in an RSVP if you're coming. I haven't put the list together, so you may still make it.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Did AICN become unstuck in time today?

    by Levene

    When the site opened just now there were all these old articles on the front page, e.g. on Antz, Godzilla, Deep Impact, an old one one Avatar.. But when I clicked on one of the articles and then returned to the main page, they were all gone and all the new articles were back! That was some seriously weird shit...

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 4:30 a.m. CST

    This doesn't look funny to me...

    by lord_zedd

    I'm not trying to be negative. I'm just not really interested. Thanks though.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 4:32 a.m. CST

    nor me.

    by ironic_name

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 4:46 a.m. CST

    pass

    by BrightEyes

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 4:47 a.m. CST

    ill see it

    by mynemaborat

    but harry is trying way too hard to sell it...

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Never mind Just found out Clark Duke is in it

    by BrightEyes

    Serves me right for being smug

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Does anyone else...

    by Galva

    ... feel their penises crawling back inside their bodies whenever Harry talks about sexuality? Eeeeeghghhhh. As for the movie- hate the title, and the poster, but the trailer was surprisingly funny. Wasn't planning on seeing it, but I'll definitely give it a look now.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 5 a.m. CST

    okay so I entered to win tickets

    by BrightEyes

    If I get in I'll have to skip class, great directors of cinema from 7 to 10 or clark duke in something called Sex drive from 7 to 10. I think it's obvious what's the better choice.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Yawn *

    by La Frog

    An american comedy about a virgin boy who wants to get laid. Hurray. Ha. Ha.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    The poster looked abysmally bad....

    by AARONIUS

    Also this idea is about as stale as it could get. Young dorky dude trying to get laid, oh yeah and the poster has him standing there in a giant pastry suit. Let's hear it for hollywood folks, they are really knocking it out of the park these days. I may have a look at the trailer if I just happen to be on youtube and I think about it, but nothing I've seen so far concerning this little gem has me interested.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Can Amish kids get laid during Rumspringa?

    by fiester

    I have no idea.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 9:16 a.m. CST

    i was all set to hate this...

    by maluquiro

    but the trailer and the red band clip online are surprisingly funny.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Doesn't look funny

    by ArcadianDS

    Another bought-and-sold oversell from AICN.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 10:58 a.m. CST

    ArcadianDS

    by AugustusGloop

    You're wrong. It's *perfect*. A lot of movies give away all the best jokes in the trailers and when you see them, they completely suck, because you know already what's going to happen. Most of the funny stuff from the trailers happens here in the first five minutes of the movie, and it's just the tip of the iceberg. Harry compared this to Ferris Beuller, and that's a great start. Sex Drive is comparable to some of the best parts of hits like Porky's, There's Something About Mary, Animal House... The timing was excellent, with a few deeper, more meaningful moments followed up with outrageously funny surprises to keep it from getting too deep. The entire audience enjoyed it, and Clark Duke was as funny in person as on screen. A comedy this good comes along maybe once every five years to a decade.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 11:20 a.m. CST

    agreed

    by the beef

    I was also at the screening and had a blast. I wouldn't go so far as to call it original, if anyone did, but it's certainly successful. The characters are more likable than the American Pie gang, Marsden is the kind of dickhead you laugh with despite knowing he's a dickhead, and Seth Green's role is every bit as great as Harry wrote. I actually didn't notice if Harry mentioned Andy and Randy (I think that were their character names), who just about steal the show as a pair of obnoxious and conceded sex machine losers. They're so awesome at being not awesome that they come off as incredibly awesome. Don't ask me what that means.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Andy & Randy

    by AugustusGloop

    Are like the bastard cloned offspring of Jason Mewes. They're awesome.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 12:16 p.m. CST

    uh oh. harry likes it. think i'll skip it.

    by RustyStardust

    seriously. is harry dating clark deuce or something? i mean, why do harry's reviews always sound like he's about to go down on some dude? geekgasms over highly dubious material. the trailers for this movie aren't funny. the red band stuff is corny. and, the mexican donut thing isn't compelling. i honestly think harry has lost his edge...

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 5:06 p.m. CST

    PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT

    by Animus

    PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT PLANT Either that, or Harry sold out. I wonder how much they paid him...?

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Mr Saxon

    by HEADGEEK

    I kind of expected it. This movie hasn't connected with the world that hasn't seen it yet. The trailers don't really connect at all. The movie will, if you see it, but there's no talent involved that prior to this film would give anyone a reason to be excited. BUT - so far - MORIARTY, MR. BEAKS and I all love the thing - Summit really needs to screen this movie all over the place to get buzz going, because this was the first screening I've done in Austin, in a really long time, that didn't fill the theater. That just shows a general lack of interest, that frankly is unfortunate. This is really really good.

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST

    You lost me at Kevin Smith.

    by Loosejerk

    There isn't a wealth of anything coming from Kevin Smith other than shit and diabetes. How UNCREATIVE is making his porno in Zack and Queeri "Star Whores". Get it? Smith likes Star Wars! Who would have thought? EVERYBODY..that's who!

  • Sept. 9, 2008, 9:09 p.m. CST

    Harry my man...

    by The Eskimo

    ...I am going to take your word on this. But as a rule I generally hate movies like this (or that look like this from the trailer anyway). But I'm going to give it a chance. If this is another Superbad though, I will be spamming the shit out of you for eternity. Fair warning.

  • Sept. 10, 2008, 4:27 a.m. CST

    interesting statement

    by Lane_myers111

    "SEX DRIVE is a film that I wasn’t particularly looking forward to. I didn’t really know who anybody in it was" what a sad statement coming from someone i maybe expected better from. Hollywood needs talented casting directors seeking out brand new talented actors for a much bigger turn over of new faces. When a movie gets nearly everything else right i love it when the actors are fresh faces because u only know them as those characters for now.They're then ruined when theyve followed up with the inevitable 3 shit films and u realise they were perfect for that part. Hollywood needs to shake up the status quo more often and give new actors a chance. If only it wasnt a business.

  • Sept. 10, 2008, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Clark Duke is awesome

    by SpawnofAchilles

    he super fuckin' hilarious and everyone on here should go watch Clark and Michael online right now or you can download it on xbox live, shit is hysterical

  • Sept. 10, 2008, 10:01 a.m. CST

    The Eskimo

    by SpawnofAchilles

    "another superbad" give me a break dude, you make something half as funny as that shit and then you can trash it

  • Sept. 10, 2008, 10:06 a.m. CST

    someone go watch

    by SpawnofAchilles

    the first episode of clark and michael and report back to me with their impressions, they are only like 8 minutes long, I'm telling you it's GOOD

  • Sept. 11, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    "RUUUUMSPRINGAAAAA!"

    by rost

    Hey, I understand this.

  • Sept. 11, 2008, 3:01 p.m. CST

    And getting laid...

    by rost

    while you're "am RUUUUMSPRINGAAAAA!" aint easy

  • Sept. 11, 2008, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Kinda want to see this movie, actually

    by Sasquatch-The Legend of Bigfoot

    Clark Duke is kinda sexy. Should be good in this movie.

  • Sept. 14, 2008, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Cyclops playing Stiffler

    by I Dunno

    Meh.

  • Oct. 17, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    I saw it today, was very funny, but honestly...

    by The Amazing G

    maybe a better dvd/blu-ray rental

  • Oct. 21, 2008, 2:46 p.m. CST

    'Ocre

    by webslinger48

    I think it's a little early to anoint Zack Duke as the next Dudley Moore, I found his character lacking weight and pretty unconvincing actually. I was expecting him to supply comic relief and he didn't deliver that, instead he was a cardboard Don Juan that was in need of sorely-lacking witty dialogue to sell the guy as a popular dude. The movie overall was pretty 'ocre, far from the Apatow groups films, closer in kin to Dude Where's My Car. Harold and Kumar are much more believable and likeable as characters than anybody in this movie.

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