DRIVE ME CRAZY
Directed by John Schultz
Screenplay by Rob Thomas
Starring Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier,
Susan May Pratt, Mark Webber, Kris Park
My advice: It's no "10 Things
I Hate About You"
Rating: out of
I'm going to be as fair as I can be on this one. The problem with my reviewing this is I've seen it too quickly
on the heels of "10 Things
I Hate About You" and, unlike the previously mentioned,
it's just not packed with the satisfaction this genre of movies needs to keep me interested.
Don't get me wrong. I enjoy movies designed for the teenaged demographic. I have a preteen daughter and I attend
many with her, but this one left me bored and uncomfortable and searching for an exit about half way through.
Blonde and ever-so-perky Nicole Maris (Hart) is fixated on her school's star basketball player, Brad (Carpenter).
On the school Organizing Committee for the upcoming Centennial Celebration, Brad is the only thing lacking from
what is sure to be the evening of her life. Her next-door neighbor and former childhood pal Chase Hammond (Grenier),
spends most of his time hanging with the new-generation beatnik crowd at the local coffee bar. It's the coincidental
spat with his girlfriend and Brad's asking a rival school's cheerleader to the Centennial Celebration that bring
these two together in the hopes of making the loves of their lives jealous enough to win them back.
I've seen this done and done better several years ago in "Money Can't Buy Me Love". I was just never
interested enough in these characters to become involved and care what happened to them. On a good note, though,
this film serves up very little foul language and even less adult situations than your average teen-going fare.
It gets merit points for that alone.
All in all, it's a teen flick designed for the teen kids. It's not one of those movies that mom or dad will want
to see with them. That's well enough, because they like to be alone anyway. We cramp their style.