Remember Drive Me Crazy?
Released in 1999, Drive Me Crazy was a little film from the Freddie Prinze, Jr. era of teen romcoms with generic titles. Of course, Freddie Prinze, Jr. is not actually in Drive Me Crazy. Instead, the Prinze role was taken by Adrian Grenier, who does a decent impersonation. In this film, Grenier plays the neighbor of Melissa Joan Hart. The plot was pretty standard for the films of this era. Melissa Joan Hart needs to make someone jealous so she pretends to date Adrian Grenier and then they end up falling in love for real. Along the way, an important lesson is learned about being yourself and not worrying about what cliques think of you. It’s pretty much a forgotten film, overshadowed by the likes of She’s All That and Get Over It. (When Adrian Grenier took on the role of “greatest actor of his generation” Vincent Chase on Entourage, it was often said that Chase’s first film role was in a romantic comedy with Mandy Moore. I assume that was a reference to this film. Not that I ever watched Entourage….)
(Want to be your super hero …. fallin’ from running horse….)
Originally, Drive Me Crazy was going to be called Next To You, which is perhaps the only possible title that could have been more generic than the one that they went with. The title changed after the success of Britney Spear’s debut album, …Baby One More Time. One of the songs from the album, (You Drive Me) Crazy, had been included on the film’s soundtrack and the film’s producers decided to try to capitalize on Britney’s popularity by renaming the film after it. And so, Next To You became Drive Me Crazy.
This also led to the production of a music video tie-in. In the video for (You Drive Me) Crazy, Britney plays a dorky waitress who turns out to be a great dancer. Of course, both Melissa Joan Hart and Adrian Grenier make appearances in the video. Apparently, Grenier really didn’t want to be in the video and had to be talked into it by the video’s director, Nigel Dick. Did Grenier think that he was too good to appear in a video with Britney Spears!? That’s a bold statement from someone who subsequently spent 8 years acting opposite of Jeremy Piven.
Anyway, this is a fun video and, with everything that she’s been through, it’s always kind of nice to see Britney actually enjoying herself. Filmed years before the marriage to Kevin Federline and all the stuff that followed afterwards, there’s a lot of optimism and hope to be found in this video.