Puerile comedy 'Sex Drive' is based on a fairly familiar formula. Geeky virgin hooks up with a hot babe over the Internet and makes a date, only problem is she's hundreds of miles away. Cue a road trip, with plenty of hairy moments and gross-out gags along the way.

Director Sean Anders seems to have borrowed heavily from Rob Reiner's 1985 classic 'The Sure Thing', starring a baby-faced John Cusack, but without coming close to its wit and heart. Inspiration also seems to have been taken from Judd Apatow's canon, but without the charm necessary to balance out the juvenile humour.

John Zuckerman stars as Ian, the man on a mission, with his two best pals accompanying him on the trip - womaniser Lance (Duke) and his platonic female friend Felicia (Crew). He nicks his jock brother Rex's (Marsden) beloved vintage Pontiac GTO for the trip and off they head.

They wind up in a series of ridiculous scrapes, including one particularly distasteful one when Lance beds a girl in a white trash trailer park. But besides the series of misadventures, there is of course a bit of soul searching along the way, as John comes to acknowledge his love for Felicia.

One thing that 'Sex Drive' has going for it is the slightly off-beat characters, which save this film from a total lack of originality. Lance is an unlikely womaniser with a cruel streak, but he carries it off well and Seth Green deadpans it as an Amish hipster but even more surprising is James Marsden as the aggressively homophobic Rex, who pokes fun at dumb jocks.

Despite the weak material at hand, the film is somewhat saved by the three likeable leads Zuckerman, Crew and Duke, with Duke's lady-killer particularly distinguishing himself. But it is Seth Green who gets the most laughs as the scene stealing Ezakiel, an Amish farmer with a penchant for sly digs that are much more amusing than the rest of the bawdy attempts at humour.

The film comes to an utterly predictable and sentimental close, seeming to want to pander the female audience. Do yourself a favour and rent 'The Sure Thing' instead.

Sarah McIntyre