Drive Me Crazy

October 1st, 1999


Drive Me Crazy

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John Schultz in Drive Me CrazyStill of Adrian Grenier in Drive Me CrazyAli Larter at event of Drive Me CrazyStill of Adrian Grenier and Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me CrazyStill of Keri Lynn Pratt and Natasha Pearce in Drive Me CrazyStill of Adrian Grenier and Melissa Joan Hart in Drive Me Crazy

A high school girl must find a substitute date to escort her to the prom.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 5.2/10 (8,188 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: John Schultz

Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, Adrian Grenier, Stephen Collins

Nicole Maris is a popular high school preppy senior in Utah who gets her life turned upside down when her perfect date, Brad, falls for a cute cheerleader from another school a month before the school's centennial senior prom. After recovering from the shock, Nicole comes up with a solution to save her reputation: find a guy to appear like they're going steady and to take her to the dance hoping to make Brad jealous. Nicole then hooks up with her next door neighbor, prankster and trouble maker Chase Hammond, and tries to model him in her own image while he's looking to make his long-term girlfriend Dulcie jealous too. However, both Nicole and Chase don't expect their charade to lead it where they never expected it to.

Writers: Todd Strasser, Rob Thomas

Melissa Joan Hart - Nicole Maris
Adrian Grenier - Chase Hammond
Stephen Collins - Mr. Maris
Mark Metcalf - Mr. Rope
William Converse-Roberts - Mr. Hammond
Faye Grant - Mrs. Maris
Susan May Pratt - Alicia DeGasario
Kris Park - Ray Neeley
Ali Larter - Dulcie
Mark Webber - Dave Ednasi
Gabriel Carpenter - Brad Seldon
Lourdes Benedicto - Chloe Frost
Keri Lynn Pratt - Dee Vine
Natasha Pearce - Sue Ryan
Derrick Shore - Tom

Taglines: The last guy she wants is the only one she needs.


Official Website: Fox Movies |

Release Date: 1 October 1999

Filming Locations: Foothill Boulevard, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $6,846,112 (USA) (3 October 1999) (2220 Screens)

Gross: $22,593,409 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The Donnas were formerly called The Electrocutes.

Continuity: The length of Nicole's hair is different when she is on the school news from when she is at school watching the news. The news was supposedly filmed the same day (as you can see, since she is wearing the same shirt), but her hair is clearly a different length.

Chase: Why are you telling me this? I'm your past tense quasi-boyfriend, not the American people.
Dulcie: Well, what I'm trying to say, is that both the tense and title are negotiable.

User Review

A film with heart and wit

Rating: 10/10

This film seems to have provoked a lot of irritation. Personally, I can't see why. I feel it's a classic teen drama with a lot of heart and some very fleshed-out performances. Another poster got it right when they compared it to Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club and other teen dramas.

To criticise the norms of the genre is pointless: it's like complaining that a slasher pic has too much blood and gore. It's a teen high-school drama, *of course* it's going to have jocks vs. geeks, pivotal parties and the leads getting together in the final fade. We all know the destination, it's the journey that counts.

And I'd say that journey is pretty wonderful. The film gripped me in the first few minutes. I expected Melissa Joan Hart to turn in a mannered, 'Clueless'-type performance, a pastiche of popular girl gets a heart. But in fact, there was a lot more light and shade to her character, she didn't just flip from one stereotype to another. I thought the whole cast turned in sterling performances. Perhaps they were too good and the naysayers have forgotten these people aren't actually jocks and geeks?

Whatever - I'm an old bloke who was touched by this film. It brought back memories of the hell / heaven of secondary school, of how important and fleeting those relationships are. It connected with me.

Not every film has to be 'Un Chien Andalou', you know...


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