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Sex Drive (2008)

R  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  17 October 2008 (USA)
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A high school senior drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a babe he met online.



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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. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's leaving virgin territory

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, nudity, language, some drug and alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sexdrive  »

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Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,607,164 (USA) (17 October 2008)


£1,105,710 (UK) (16 January 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song "Got You (Where I Want You)" by The Flys is featured early on in the movie, which was the theme song to Disturbing Behavior (1998). James Marsden was the star of that movie and plays a supporting role in this movie. See more »


When Ian and Lance get arrested by the police and put into jail, Lance has to give the police his cell phone and watch (and his handcuffs). Ian is supposed to do the same, but when they come in to the arrest, Ian still has his watch on. See more »


Lance: I can't believe I'm banging an Amish chick. I mean, seriously, what are the odds?
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The first half of the end credits scroll over a laptop screen. See more »


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User Reviews

Don't' Listen To Critics- Sex Drive Is Top 5 Comedies I've Ever Seen
23 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are several people who say that critics don't know anything... I find it funny in Hollywood how the best movies get rated terribly, and have a 28% rating on rottentomatoes 'tomatometer'...

I saw the preview for Sex Drive on myspace. The preview started off as a typical drive-across-the-country crazy-things-happen teen sex party movie. About halfway into the trailer I found myself laughing... and thinking "wow... something about this movie feels different. I think it's going to be really good. I don't want to wait til October, I want to watch it right now".

THREE WEEKS later three of my friends and I decided to see a last minute movie- I looked up Sex Drive only to find that it was only playing in one theater in our entire city (Denver) with only one showtime! 10:30 was the only showtime, if this was any indication of how the movie was I figured that it was going to be terrible- but I remembered how much I enjoyed the preview and coerced my friends to go see it. When we arrived the theater had only two other people in it, both middle-aged males sitting separately by themselves. Again- not a good sign...

The movie started out, and was instantly funny. We laughed, so did the others. I thought, "ok, any movie can make people laugh... it's not that hard a thing to do... let's see where this goes". The movie continued on, and I found myself loving the plot. Loving the script. Loving the (no-name) actors. Loving the directing. Loving the editing. Loving everything about it. But that's just me... everyone has different opinions. My three friends (who- might I mind you, have very different senses of humor) all felt the exact same way. We were crying at certain parts because we were laughing so hard. The other (two) people in the theater were laughing hysterically as well. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better- the movie turns to a love story, and everything throughout the whole movie comes together.

It finally ended, and I, and my three friends, sat there, in awe, about what we just saw. We left the theater and could not have been any happier about our movie choice.

I returned home to instantly look up reviews online about what others thought of this movie- and it blew my mind. The most terrible, awful things were said, and the movie's gross domestic total? $8,402,485. A BOMB.

I don't understand what it is people are looking for in a comedy. I will agree with others and say- yes, this has been done before. Yes, this movie is exactly what I thought it would be and what I wrote above (a typical drive-across-the-country crazy-things-happen teen sex party movie). Yes, this movie is predictable and familiar- but back to the question- what is it people are looking for in a comedy? This movie had every element of the $100,000,000+/movie American Pie series. Sex Drive should of made AT LEAST half that much.

I saw College recently- NOW THIS is a movie that deserved it's abysmal earnings of 4.5 million dollars. College's jokes were cheap, and seemingly desperate, as if almost begging for a laugh. And once again- yes, College made me (slightly) laugh- as I said before any comedy can- but what it did not do was leave me with a feeling of sheer joy and happiness that I took the time out of my night (and life) to watch it. Sex Drive left me with this feeling.

I believed Sex Drive to be perfect. In every aspect. I will address that, again, everyone's taste is different; everyone's brains interpret things differently and because of this not everyone will find Sex Drive to be perfect, in fact some may not find it funny it all- but I believe THE MAJORITY of people (9 out of 10) will realize, upon DVD release and word-of-mouth, that Sex Drive was the sleeper hit of 2008.

See this movie. It deserves much more money than it made and is well, well worth your time.

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