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'''''Driven''''' is a 2001 auto-racing movie directed by Renny Harlin (''Film/DieHard2'', ''Film/{{Cliffhanger}}'', ''Film/CutthroatIsland''), written and produced by Creator/SylvesterStallone, and starring Stallone, Kip Pardue, Til Schweiger, Burt Reynolds, 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. Yet another character, journalist Lucretia Clan (Edwards) stands on the sidelines and romances Joe.

Was originally going to be about FormulaOne, but this was scrapped to be about Champ Car instead because Stallone couldn't procure enough information about the former, and couldn't get enough access to film at the real life races. Was not well-received by critics, on the grounds of unrealistic plot dynamics, underdeveloped characters, bad acting, [[SpecialEffectsFailure bad special effects]] and an all-round tasteless portrayal of auto-racing. There are even some theories that it contributed to the dissolution of Champ Car itself.

!!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 (see below and on the trope page for examples)
* TheCastShowOff: Estella Warren is a former synchronised swimmer and member of the Canadian national team and displays this skill in a very plot-unrelated scene.
* ConspicuousCG: There are a lot of rather noticeable CGI effects throughout the movie.
* 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.
* [[MagicalSecurityCamera Magical Trackside Camera]]: 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, ConspicuousCGI, 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: See above in Marilyn Maneuver.
* RecycledInSpace: It's stock car racing movie ''Film/DaysOfThunder'', with CART series cars.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: As noted by [[WebVideo/BadMovieBeatdown Film Brain]]:
-->"Originally intended as a biopic of the late Ayrton Senna, it evolved into a racing movie set in Formula One. One problem: the Formula One bosses took one look at the script and told Stallone to get stuffed."