''Driven'' is a 2001 auto-racing movie directed by Creator/RennyHarlin, written and produced by Creator/SylvesterStallone, and starring Stallone, Kip Pardue, Creator/TilSchweiger, Creator/BurtReynolds, Robert Sean Leonard, Estella Warren, Creator/GinaGershon, Stacy Edwards and Cristian de la Fuente.

Ambitious rookie driver Jimmy Bly (Pardue) has been fast rising through the ranks of the [=ChampCar=] World Series at the behest of his brother/manager Demille (Leonard), but his performance has recently been slacking. His arch-rival, ex-champion Beau Brandenburg (Schweiger), is rising to the top again. To bolster his performance, he dumps his fiancee Sophia (Estella Warren). Bly's team's owner Carl Henry (Reynolds) attempts to bolster his performance by having veteran Joe Tanto (Stallone) [[MandatoryUnretirement come out of retirement]] and mentor him, replacing his teammate Memo Moreno (Fuente). To further complicate matters, Joe's ex-wife Cathy Heguy (Gershon) is now married to Memo, and isn't pleased about Joe replacing him. The film portrays Jimmy, Joe, and Beau sparring at various races to win the championship. Meanwhile, journalist Lucretia Clan (Edwards) stands on the sidelines and romances Joe.


!!This film provides examples of:

* ArtisticLicensePhysics
** To elaborate, there is very little about the actual crashes that are inaccurate. Most of the crashes are actually dumbed down compared to real-life incidents in open-wheel racing, and Bly's Japan crash is nearly identical to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzh9n-j2Foc Bobby Rahal's 1998 crash at the same track.]] Only a very small number of crashes, most notably the Memo Moreno crash, genuinely defy physics. However, virtually everything else about the cars and the racing is a failure in physics - even the overtaking fails on a physics level.
** Champ Cars were fueled by methanol. It does not float in water, burns invisibly and quickly, and is extinguished by water. Why does it set off an ''explosion '''in a lake'''''?
* ArtisticLicenseSports: It's not very accurate to the real life series. The crowner has to be the scene of the main characters having an impromptu race in their race cars through the evening Chicago rush hour. Not only would the average race driver be fired for such a reckless stunt, but they certainly wouldn't be able to use their regular car. Most single seat race cars need a team of mechanics to operate the computer systems, heat the tires, start the car with an external starter, and to strap the driver's belts since they cannot do that themselves.
* AwardBaitSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nACLXfEH3HQ "I Wanna Get Back With You"]] by Mary Griffin.
* {{Expy}}: Six of the characters in this film are based on the following RealLife UsefulNotes/FormulaOne personalities:
** Joe Tanto => Juan Manuel Fangio and Aryton Senna
** Carl Henry => Sir Frank Williams
** Jimmy Bly => Heinz-Harald Frentzen
** Beau Brandenberg => Michael Schumacher
** Sophia Simone => Corinna Betsch Schumacher
** Memo Moreno => Roberto Moreno and Memo Gidley
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Jimmy's brother Demille is a full-on example of this.
** Beau qualifies as one at first, but soon becomes a JerkWithAHeartOfGold when he [[spoiler: helps Jimmy rescue Moreno from a serious accident]].
* LargeHam: Joe and Carl both have their moments.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: As you can see by the above plot description, this movie has a bit of an excessive number of supporting characters. The characters of Cathy and Lucretia are almost completely superfluous to the plot.
* MagicalSecurityCam: At one point in the final race, Joe cuts a corner of the track to get ahead of the lead car by jumping it off of the rumble strip over the grass. At the team's pit, they watch a replay of the event - the exact same footage, [[SpecialEffectsFailure conspicuous special effects]], free-floating tracking camera and all.
%%* MandatoryUnretirement
* MarilynManeuver: A speedy race car passing a blonde (who's waiting in line) causes her skirt to get drafty and it blows up. As it does this, she shrieks abruptly and pulls her skirt back down, as she turns around to see what did this, who may have witnessed this, or both.
* PantyShot: The blonde who suffers from the MarilynManeuver gets her underwear to be seen.
* RecycledINSPACE: It's stock car racing movie ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', with CART series cars.