October 4, 1999 -- "Drive Me Crazy" is one of those ordinary Hollywood teenage love stories that get produced on a regular basis. The teenage kids are really in their 20s and don't act like teenagers. The girls are all beautiful and way too self-assured.
Melissa Joan Hart ("Sabrina, the Teenage Witch") plays Nicole Maris, an overachieving young socialite who has her heart set on the high school hunk, but gets shot down before the big dance. She works out a deal with her neighbor, Chase Hammond (Adrian Grenier of "Celebrity") to go to the dance with her. He has just been dumped by his girlfriend. The idea is to make the old partners jealous and get them to return.
She insists on an elaborate courting period to persuade everyone that their romance is real. Hammond also has to undergo a makeover and start hanging out with the in crowd instead of his usual friends. This causes a rift between him and his old buddies, but it also opens up a new set of experiences for him that he likes.
The plot is extremely weak and the characters have no consistency whatsoever. It is difficult to work up much sympathy for such rich and spoiled kids. As usual, the adults in the film are idiots. But the two lead actors, Grenier and Melissa Joan Hart, are very good together and their romance does work. They are worth watching, even if the rest of the film is hopeless. This film rates a C.
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