(2000) - 20th Century Fox
by Brad Pilcher of The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Specs and Features
91 mins, PG-13, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), 16x9 enhanced,
single-sided, single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, theatrical
trailer, TV spots, music videos for Britney Spears' Drive
Me Crazy and Jars of Clay's Unforgetful
You, film-themed menu screens, scene access (16
chapters), languages: English (DD 5.1 & 2.0), subtitles: English
and Spanish, Closed Captioned
he's just this really good friend we never knew you had?"
Melissa Joan Hart's first major foray in film is, not surprisingly,
at the helm of a teeny-bop romance flick. Drive
Me Crazy is the kind of movie that high school girls will
drag their high school boyfriends to. It's the kind of flick that is
so sugary sweet, it's bad. Just like that cake frosting from a can
that was so disgusting when you were a kid... and yet you find
yourself uncontrollably drawn to time and time again, only to be
reminded once more how much you hate the stuff.
The plot runs something like this. Popular girl likes popular
basketball star guy. Rebel boy is dating rebel girl. Things go sour
in both relationships, and popular girl strikes a deal with rebel
boy to save face by faking a semi-romantic friendship. As fake
friendship becomes real friendship and possibly more, requisite
stumbling blocks arise and the whole situation goes to Hell. By the
end of the movie, all things return to normal and girl and boy kiss.
I might feel bad about ruining the ending, but if that isn't
predictable enough for you, then you have an education problem.
Granted, the dialogue is sufficiently witty, albeit hollow. The
payoffs at the end are relatively worthwhile, although not too much
of a climax. The acting redefines bad, however. Everything here is
just good enough to be sweet but nowhere near good enough to justify
watching. It's just extra-strength saccharine for a weak, overdone
plot. The hideous tie-ins with Britney Spears videos don't add
anything to the film either.
The video quality is great though, and that stands out as a plus
for this disc. The cinematography captures a lot of colors with
plenty of different themes throughout, and they all come through
quite vibrantly. Grain isn't really present and artifacting is
non-existent. Everything is ship shape there. The audio poses a bit
of a problem with the dialogue levels. Early on, the dialogue was
just too quiet, only to rebound later in the film. The fluctuations
just don't need to be there.
The extras don't exactly abound here either, but there is enough to
make this disc more palatable. Aside from a few unremarkable TV
spots, we get the theatrical trailer and a couple of solid music
videos. Britney Spears shows up in Drive
Me Crazy and Jars of Clay do that ditty, Unforgetful
You. In terms of extras, to quote Porky Pig, "That's
In the end, we have a bad movie that won't even rank high on the
list of teeny flicks. 10 Things I Hate
About You blows this away... and that's not saying much.
The disc itself is solid, pending that little audio problem, and the
extras are respectable. It makes the disc worth a rent... maybe.
Other than that, Drive Me Crazy
does little more than live up to its name.