On paper, the plot for Sex Drive sounds like a mix between Superbad and Road Trip. Really not unlike any teenage sex-romp written in the last 50 years. It’s all about losing your virginity, man. It’s crazy the amount of emphasis our culture puts on it.

That said, if your plot was as rote as “high school senior steals his brother’s car to hook up with a girl he met on the internet,” you’d probably do everything in your power to differentiate yourself from your thematic predecessors. Certainly the poster for Sex Drive does the trick. Beyond the title – which is a dead give away – everything about it obscures what the movie is about. It works. It’s eye-catching. Josh Zuckerman in that bizarre donut / bandito costume in front of a white background… the image sticks with you.

Incidentally, Zuckerman played the young Dr. Evil in Austin Powers: Goldmember a few years back. He got great notices for that impersonation and has had plenty of television and movie work since then. I just think it’s funny how that stuff comes around.

I don’t know why, but I think Zuckerman has the chops. That moment in the trailer when he’s in the costume, having a conversation with Clarke Duke and he’s operating the mouth…

“Why ya’ gotta work the mouth when you talk to me?”

“Sorry. It’s a… it’s a habit.”

The shame in his voice. That line delivery gets me every time.

I guess there was a sneak preview for Sex Drive on Saturday night. I didn’t get to see it, but my pal Joe Dunn did. He said maybe they don’t push the envelope with the humor as far as they should, but the characters are spot on – and that’s pretty much the reason I wanted to see it anyway. So it’s a win-win. I don’t think Cami is all that interested in this one, though. She’s of a very persistent political mindset right now and wants to see W. this weekend. So we’ll probably see that together and then I’ll sneak out of the house later to watch Sex Drive on my own. Hey! Another win-win!

That’s all I’ve got for today. But in case you missed it, I reviewed the recent DVD release of The Foot Fist Way and posted it on the site yesterday – so be sure to check that out.

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

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What’s up with this poster for Sex Drive? Is that a donut wearing a sombrero? What’s this about? I don’t get it?

It’s about a high school kid who steals a cat and goes on a cross-country road trip to hook up with a girl he met on the internet.

Okay, so he’s in high school – which explains the “sex” part. But what about the “Dri…


I just GOT that!