Drive Me Crazy

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Drive Me Crazy
Drive me crazy poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Schultz
Produced by Amy Robinson
Written by Todd Strasser
Rob Thomas
Starring Melissa Joan Hart
Adrian Grenier
Stephen Collins
Ali Larter
Music by Greg Kendall
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
October 1, 1999
Running time
91 mins
Language English
Budget $8.5 million
Box office $22.5 million[1]

Drive Me Crazy is a 1999 teen romantic comedy based on the novel How I Created My Perfect Prom Date by Todd Strasser. Originally entitled Next to You, the movie's title was changed to Drive Me Crazy after the song from its soundtrack, Britney Spears's song, "(You Drive Me) Crazy". The movie grossed $22,593,409 worldwide, against an $8 million budget, making it a moderate box office success.[2] The soundtrack featured The Donnas, who also appeared in the movie.


Nicole Maris (Melissa Joan Hart) and Chase Hammond (Adrian Grenier) live next door to each other. Nicole lives with her divorced mother and Chase's mother died of cancer, making them two teens living with their single parents. However, they are worlds apart. Nicole is a popular socialite up on the latest fashions; Chase is an unpopular activist and trouble-maker on the latest protest. Nicole wouldn't miss a pep rally or basketball game with her scheming socialite friends. Chase can usually be found in a dark coffee room with his friends.

Nicole wants a dream date with the star basketball player for their school's senior prom, but right before it was certain they were going together, he falls in love with a cheerleader. Meanwhile, Chase's "non-conformist" girlfriend, Dulcie (Ali Larter) dumps him for not joining her in animal rights activism. Now that they have something in common, Nicole and Chase reluctantly join forces to navigate the land mines of high school love.

Nicole and Chase's scheme is to publicly date each other to attract the interest and jealousy of their respective romantic prey. Chase allows Nicole to do a makeover of himself to make himself more handsome and presentable to the other social circles at the school. At first, their scheme works: they both get the person they wanted. But in the midst of planning a gala centennial celebration for prom, Nicole and Chase find that the one they always wanted is closer than they ever realized. Finally, they dump their original dates and fall in love with each other.

There is still one big twist that could ruin their relationship forever in the end. After the celebration ends, they go back home only to find out that their parents have fallen in love and will move in together, which would make them step-siblings. However, the movie ends with the feeling that they aren't going to let that fact stop their relationship.



Drive Me Crazy received negative reviews from critics and holds a 28% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 38 reviews.

Filming location[edit]

Drive Me Crazy was filmed in and around Salt Lake City, Utah, including Sandy and Ogden, Utah. The high school scenes were filmed at Ogden High School. The street scene with 'Union Station' in the background features Odgen's Historic 25th Street and Union Station. The dance club scene was filmed inside the now-closed "Club Vortex" on Exchange Place.


Drive Me Crazy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released September 28, 1999
Genre Industrial
Alternative rock
Teen pop
Length 47:16
Label Jive
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix!)" - Britney Spears
  2. "Unforgetful You" - Jars of Clay
  3. "I Want It That Way (Alternate Lyrics Soundtrack Version)" - Backstreet Boys
  4. "It's All Been Done" - Barenaked Ladies
  5. "Stranded" - Plumb
  6. "Faith In You" - Matthew Sweet
  7. "Is This Really Happening to Me?" - Phantom Planet
  8. "One for Sorrow (Tony Moran's 7" Mix)" - Steps
  9. "Hammer to the Heart" - The Tamperer
  10. "Sugar" - Don Philip
  11. "Regret" - Mukala
  12. "Original" - Silage
  13. "Help Save the Youth of America from Exploding" - Less Than Jake
  14. "Keep on Loving You" - The Donnas

"Turbo-Teen", the movie's theme by Sugar High, was not included on the soundtrack.

"Run Baby Run" from Deadstar, played during the club scene, was not included on the soundtrack.


  1. ^ "Drive Me Crazy (1999)". Box Office Mojo. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ U.S. Box Office Archived January 29, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. Drive Me Crazy at AllMusic

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Preceded by
Box office number-one films of 2000 (AUS)
February 13 - February 27
Succeeded by
The 13th Warrior