Art has a funny way of imitating life.
In the 1998 film, Primary Colors, Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta) is Bill Clinton-esque politician who has his eyes on the White House. His wife Susan (Emma Thompson) is loyal and unwavering in her support of her husband’s ambitions. Unfortunately, there are a few bumps in the road to the White House in the form of a sex scandal. Seen through the eyes of aide Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) this film makes a statement about American politics.
This film hits home for many, especially those who lived through the sex scandals that plagued the Clinton era presidency. Underneath the fiction, there is a truth about our government and how willing the voting public is to forgive a politician’s questionable past.
I recommend it.
When your a teenager, the biggest social event of the year is the prom. You hope to go with the perfect date and create wonderful memories, but what if the plans you had in mind for that night were suddenly changed?
In Drive Me Crazy (1999), Nicole (Melissa Joan Hart) is the popular girl in school. When the guy she planned to go to prom with is no longer in the picture, Nicole panics. The the first guy she sees is her neighbor, Chase (Adrian Grenier), the schlubby guy next door who is not Mr. Popular in school. What starts as a charade for both turns into something more.
Let me be blunt. Drive Me Crazy is a movie for teenagers. The plot is fairly simple and predictable. While it can be grouped in age wise with other teenage romance movies from that era, it is more cookie cutter and therefore a little more boring that the rest.
Do I recommend it? If nothing else is on, yes. But otherwise, no.
And just for your viewing please, because what is a late 90’s teen romance without Britney Spears, I give you the film’s theme song.