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Overall Rating
3.63

Awesome: 28.28%
Worth A Look35.35%
Average: 16.16%
Pretty Bad: 11.11%
Total Crap: 9.09%

9 reviews, 45 user ratings


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Drive Me Crazy
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by Chris Parry

"I liked this movie. Does that make me gay?"
4 stars

For a guy like me who really enjoys inserting the slipper when a crappy film comes my way, there's one thing that really pisses me off. That's when I go to see a movie that I know won't interest me or test me with the sole intention of ripping it to pieces…. And I find it's actually not bad. Drive Me Crazy had all the hallmarks of something I could hate. A teen-driven soundtrack, a TV star, various teenagers in a "high school romance"… gee, could this be anymore Anthony Michael Hall? But it was good. Not complex by any means… but enjoyable. Not disappointing. Even different. Yes, you heard me… different. Why? Lemme try to explain it some.

Firstly, Melissa Joan Hart is kinda neat. She's cute, you'd do nasty things to her given half a chance (yes, even you girls) but she's not dumb. And she has a wonky eye. And she's short. This is all good stuff. Stand her next to Jen Love Hewitt. You got one with fake boobs, six inch heels, perfect hair, surgically enhanced schnozz and all of about 18 IQ points. Then you got little Lissy Hart. She's got that lazy eye rolling about, she's short enough to tie her shoes without bending over, her hairstyle looks like it cost about $4 at JustCuts, but she can act, even improvise, she can do comedy, she can do bitchy (she can do me, though I feel sure she wouldn't) and the little coquette looks to be fully equipped in the smarts department. You can keep your plasti-cleavage, gimme the imperfect smart girl with a sense of humour any day.

And imperfection rules the day, for the other lead Adrian Grenier, has a mono-brow a monkey would shave. This kid is definitely not attractive. In fact, he'd be getting beat up fairly regular at any school I've been to (and check my record, I've been to more than most). But you know what? In there amongst the squishy face and the hedgerow over his eyes is a kid who can act. YES! ANOTHER ONE! A MATCHING PAIR!

Essentially this story is the carbon copy of She's All That (which was a carbon copy of Can't Buy Me Love and an infinite number of other 80's movies) but the leads couldn't be further apart. Freddie Prinze+Rachel Leigh Cook=big chins, little noses, cut bodies and no talent. Adrian Grenier+Lissy Hart=no chins, natural noses, a little body fat here and there, and oodles of screen presence. One is a movie you can relate to, one is a TV show on a really big screen.

So the story goes that two teenage neighbours who used to be friends have gone different paths. One is a social reactionary always onto a cause, the other is the little priss Miss Social Queen. Neither mix until they both get the romantic beatdown from their relative partners and come up with an evil plan to get them jealous. They decide to date one another, at least to pretend, until they get the attention from the ones that they want. Here's a question. What do you think happens next? If you've ever seen a teen flick, you know already. If you don't know, lay the fuck off the glass pipe.

So the storyline stinks. The cast doesn't. And the aforementioned teen soundtrack, despite some tracks that were obvious marketing department suggestions, is decent. How do I know the marketing department was all over it? Well look at the title. Drive Me Crazy. Sound similar to a Britney Spears song? It should, the song ends the movie. However, it has absolutely no relevance to anything in the movie at all. Drive Me Crazy sounds like a flick starring Corey Haim and a red Ferrari. It's nothing remotely similar, but plainly the folks that can make these decisions figured they'd spring an extra few million box office by drawing on the Britney fans.

But we can ignore that. This flick is decent. A teen flick starring kids with imperfections who can act their way out of a paper bag. It's a phenomonon we haven't seen since the days of Ringwald. These are kids you can relate to! Okay, so the story they're telling has been done (sloppily) more times than Divine Brown, but I'm enjoying watching. How could this have happened? Who was the visionary that took this lowbrow story and salvaged something watchable from it?

Why, it was John Schultz, director of the underseen and underappreciated band-on-the-road comedy Bandwagon and definitely one to watch. This cat never uses pretty-faces. He likes the greasy kids.

Why should this matter? Well, the idea behind seeing a film is to be taken somewhere that - a) you've never been - b) you wouldn't want to be in reality but are quite willing to go to in fantasy - or c) you've been to a lot but never quite looked at in this way before. Schultz likes to make movies about people you know and it means he's not going to make any blockbusters anytime soon. Hollywood makes amusement park rides. Schultz makes home movies.

I like home movies. I like John Schultz movies. I liked Drive Me Crazy. Sue me.

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originally posted: 12/28/99 01:51:08
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User Comments

1/17/09 Shaun Wallner Great Film! 4 stars
4/25/06 bonet this the best movie ever!! has simplicity but can amazed you... 5 stars
3/03/06 Anthony Feor The teen movie era is slowly going down hill 1 stars
11/25/05 cr a very good teen flick with some class and true story how people lives change melissa fine 4 stars
7/15/05 love it has the most stupid ending i 've seen in long time! 2 stars
9/22/04 MICHAELWOOD FANTASTIC 4 stars
6/28/04 Laura It was a really cool movie. Adrian Grenier is hot! 4 stars
4/13/03 Jack Sommersby Formulaic but admittedly pleasing. 3 stars
1/27/03 leoni absolutely fantastic!!! 5 stars
12/04/02 Brittany Dune i wish they would have shown adrian Grenier naked and i mean the dick 5 stars
9/18/02 Jake Good cast and quite entertaining, I couldn't stop watching. 4 stars
8/25/02 Michael the Shark I came to post what a great movie this was, but I can't get past KOTB's hilarious review 5 stars
2/25/02 Tracy Frummond Melissa Joan Hart so lovely, she could even be beautiful taking a dump! 5 stars
2/04/02 Natalie Stonecipher Utterly mixed bag. Dee Vine most interesting char., Ali Larter most wasted cast member 3 stars
12/30/01 sarafina The movie lived up to its title.. it drove me crazy 1 stars
9/23/01 ron COOOL!!!!!!!! MOVIE I REALLY LOVE MELISSA JOAN HART!! 5 stars
8/17/01 R.P. hit by a car rules like getting fucked by a rhino's horn, it leaves you bleeding, but all in all satisfied. 5 stars
5/19/01 Ryan Phillippe gets hit by a car and it rules! KOTB was screwing his sister when he should have watched this ultra mega awesome movie. 4 stars
5/14/01 Satan I would rather hang out with andy dick all night!! 5 stars
4/10/01 Gary I dislike Joan-Hart but this is still a charming teen flick. 4 stars
2/26/01 Chanel GREAT! but u should of put Mark Webber who played Dave in more scenes 'cause he is HOTT! 4 stars
1/26/01 jemma i loved it i thought it was great 5 stars
1/09/01 vicky it was totally awesome!!!!1 5 stars
12/19/00 Thrillhouse Get that damn Britney song outta my noggin! 3 stars
12/05/00 KIRSTIN LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
11/25/00 jennifer holden i luv adrien greiner he is SOOOOOOO HOTTTTTTTTTTTTT 5 stars
11/16/00 HIgh School Janitor Bob I love high school ! Can't wait to go back tomorrow 5 stars
9/15/00 jess it is a great movie 5 stars
8/03/00 YMohamed Good 5 stars
6/25/00 Andrew Lines Tottally fabulous. All the cast play to perfection. The two leads are great,ESPECIALLY MJH 5 stars
6/10/00 Richard Wright Humourless,predictable teen flick without an original moment in it. Far too many of these.. 1 stars
5/10/00 Steve Layne Predictable from the word go, but still somewhat entertaining. 3 stars
4/25/00 John Lyons Not bad considering the type. Didn't like Melissa, though. 4 stars
3/22/00 Booyah! A shame that the marketers inflicted a Britney song on it. 4 stars
2/17/00 sharleen great movie!!! i wanna see it again 5 stars
2/12/00 Lame-Oh Get that damn song out of my noggin! By the way, my belching act better than this hogwash. 2 stars
2/11/00 Kyle Broflovski After this horseshit, I was missing Melissa in her "Clariss Explains it All" days...tosh... 2 stars
10/29/99 Amy It was cute 4 stars
10/27/99 Lindsay I loved it! 5 stars
10/16/99 Jason Melissa Joan Hart to a total hottie (just look in Maxim) 5 stars
10/12/99 Sherry Good for anyone under 13. Otherwise... pretty crappy. 2 stars
10/10/99 Bobby I had gone in to see this movie and expect it to be pretty bad, but it was actually good. 5 stars
10/10/99 Lindsey I absolutely looooved this movie!! It was great!! Adrain Greiner is awesome too! Go see! 5 stars
10/01/99 Nelle It was definitly a chick-flick, and what happens would probably NEVER happen, but its good. 5 stars
10/01/99 C.A.T.M. Britney Spears has a gorgeous chest, but Melissa Joan Hart went to my high school. Bah! 2 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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USA
  01-Oct-1999 (PG-13)

UK
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Australia
  10-Feb-2000 (M)


Directed by
  John Schultz

Written by
  Rob Thomas
  Todd Strasser

Cast
  Melissa Joan Hart
  Adrian Grenier
  Kris Park



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