Michael Joyce reviews Sex Drive and Role Models

PUBLISHED: 10:30 12 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010

Sex Drive (15) Director Sean Anders Starring Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke and Seth Green 105 mins Three star rating Role Models (15) Director David Wain Starring Paul Rudd, Seann Williams Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb e J Thompson and

Sex Drive (15)

Director Sean Anders Starring Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke and Seth Green

105 mins

Three star rating

Role Models (15)

Director David Wain Starring Paul Rudd, Seann Williams Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J Thompson and Elizabeth Banks

99mins

Three star rating

Two American comedies go head to head this week and - although there is a generational gap between them - they both work very similar territory.

Inclusiveness is the contemporary comedy ethos. This prizes-for-everyone, nobody-left-behind approach means both films offer up an equal opportunities array of comedic ideas.

Lunkheads get lots of falling over, nudity and swearing to guffaw at. But there are plenty of smarter lines and inventive set pieces for the more roundly evolved.

The way of these things is to mix outlandish crudity with an innocent centre and Sex Drive really pushes this dichotomy to the extreme.

There are some very coarse jokes about masturbation, urination, erections and geriatric testicals, yet it is at times incredibly chaste.

The lead character may be the least randy, randy teenager ever seen in an American teen movie.

Sex Drive's plot has an

18-year-old "borrowing" his brother's car to travel across country to try to lose his virginity with a hot girl he's met on the internet.

It is a Farrelly brothers/ Kevin Smith/ American Pie-style comedy in the Dukes Of Hazard car with the plot of The Sure Thing.

At the start, I'll admit a little resistance to this group of young unknown whipper-snappers but they grow on you.

Zuckerman is a bit too Jason Biggs in the lead role.

But Crew charms in the potential hateful role as the female best friend who keeps blocking his chances with other girls, while Jack Osborne lookalike Clark pulls off a lovely tubby, teen Hefner. Seth Green contributes a marvellous turn as a sarcastic Amish mechanic.

The freshness of youth, it doesn't last long. Mintz-Plasse made an iconic debut as McLovin in Superbad but is now stuck on the other side of the generation gap.

He is playing the nerd again in Role Models, supporting Rudd and Williams Scott as two men who have stubbornly refused to grow up but are forced to reassess when a run in with the law leaves them ordered to do 150 hours of community service, mentoring a couple of children.

House of Apatow favourite Rudd also wrote the script and it doesn't have that much going for it other than being funny. But it is often very funny and it is a comedy so that's just fine.

They are both good entertainers but I think the youngsters just edge it.

You never forget the first time and, as someone who grew up in the Porky's era, I have to say I rather envy any teen who is about to have Sex Drive as their first coming of age sex comedy experience.


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