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SEX DRIVE ($35) could be the funniest teen sex comedy that I have seen in quite a while. I laughed myself silly on a lot of the gags sprinkled throughout this film and just had a thoroughly good time with SEX DRIVE from start to finish. Additionally, I have to admit that SEX DRIVE is a movie that delivers on its title’s potential, especially in its unrated edition, which is definitely Ruder, Cruder & Nuder as the film’s producers have gone to the trouble to insert extra nudity into sequences for no other purpose than to give the audience exactly what they have promised. For that reason alone SEX DRIVE is aces in my book.

The premise of SEX DRIVE is almost exactly like that of almost every other teen sex comedy ever made… the film focuses on a male virgin who goes to almost Herculean lengths to get some first time action. SEX DRIVE tells the story of sexually deprived eighteen-year-old Ian Lafferty (Josh Zuckerman), who meets a girl online, and she promises to alleviate his virginity if he comes cross county in his 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge to meet her in Knoxville Tennessee. Of course, a road trip follows, with Ian, as well as his best friends Lance (Clark Duke) and Felicia (Amanda Crew) "borrowing" The Judge from Ian's self absorbed homophobic older brother Rex (James Marsden), who just happens to go out of town at the opportune moment. Along the way, there are the usual share of mechanical breakdowns and detours, including encounters with rednecks, the band Fall Out Boy and a sarcastic Amish guy name Ezekiel (Seth Green), with a penchant for automotive repair. The cast of SEX DRIVE also includes Alice Greczyn, Katrina Bowden, Charlie McDermott, Mark L. Young and Cole Petersen.

Summit Entertainment has made SEX DRIVE available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. Both the original Theatrical Version and the Unrated Version of the film are present on the disc. The 1080p presentations are pretty sweet for a low budget comedy. SEX DRIVE delivers a fairly crisp image, with good definition and moments of nice dimensionality. Sure, the picture never comes across with a hyper-realistic level of detail that is generally found in the latest blockbuster, but it is still pretty nice. Colors have good saturation and the flesh tones are appealing. Blacks are accurate and the whites appear stable. The picture has pretty smooth contrast and more than respectable shadow detail. The elements used for the transfer are clean. Grain is mild, but the presentation seems fairly organic.

SEX DRIVE is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital 640kbps soundtrack. Since SEX DRIVE is primarily a talky comedy, the sound design isn't overly aggressive, but there are some nice moments that utilize the outlying channels. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue is easy to understand. Fidelity tends to be adequate for the task at hand and the musical component sounds just fine. The bass channel adds some reinforcement, but the material doesn’t require any ground shaking. A Spanish language track has also been encoded onto the disc, as have English and Spanish subtitles.

The interactive menus provide access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some of extras. Starting things off is a running Audio Commentary with director/co-writer Sean Anders, co-writer/producer John Morris, and producer Bob Levy. Featurettes include: Making A Masterpiece (eleven minutes), The Marsden Dilemma (five minutes) and Clarke: Duke Of The Internet (four minutes).

SEX DRIVE had me laughing throughout its running time and the gratuitous Unrated Edition is even more fun. The Blu-ray presentation is quite nice for a modestly budgeted teen comedy. If you like to laugh and enjoy gratuitous nudity for its own sake SEX DRIVE is recommended.



Sex Drive [Blu-ray] (2008)


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