Seth Green (left) and Clark Duke don’t pump out many laughs in Sex Drive.
SEX DRIVE (Sean Anders). 101 minutes. Opens Friday (October 17). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NN
Sex Drive, a raunchy teen comedy with an all-too-familiar premise, wants to be Superbad but ends up being only super-bad.
It stars Josh Zuckerman as an appealing dork desperate to lose his virginity before starting college. Like every slice of American Pie and the collected works of Kevin Smith and Judd Apatow, Sex Drive isn't about getting your cherry popped; it's about finding love.
If that pursuit requires an inexplicable detour into Amish country that turns into Girls Gone Wild with butter churns, all the better. Except it's just not funny (unless you consider the sight of a septuagenarian's shrivelled nutsack something to laugh at).
Zuckerman and sidekick Clark Duke (as the Jonah Hill/Seth Rogen stand-in) are likeable enough. Seth Green as an Amish Mr. Goodwrench is smug and mildly amusing.
But poor James Marsden. Playing Zuckerman's cocksure dickwad older brother might have seemed like a good way to poke fun at his sparkly good guy image, but this is one movie he should deny ever having made (and he made No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow The Lawn).