'Drive' Facing Lawsuit for Not Being Fast nor Furious Enough

October 10, 2011


When the trailer for Drive premiered back in July, I spoke highly of its stylish attack on the stoic badass genre, and, upon finally viewing the film last month, I, like the overwhelming critical majority, felt director Nicolas Winding Refn delivered on what was promised.

But as Michigan theatergoer Sarah Deming has now shown, not everyone was so pleased with what Ryan Gosling hammered into their brains. She has filed a lawsuit against Drive distributor FilmDistrict, claiming they "promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast and Furious, or similar, series of movies"--a controversial statement that would seem to imply that the peerless Fast and Furious franchise is not beyond compare.

Though never touching on the subject of Albert Brooks's presence implying that Drive would be a neurotic Hollywood satire, the idiot's suit continues:

"Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film... having very little driving in the motion picture ... Drive was a motion picture that substantially contained extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith, and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith."

Deming is seemingly fine with the elements she's deemed antisemitic, but she is asking that FilmDistrict refunds her ticket money and promises to stop making "misleading movie trailers"--like those that have guys driving cars, even when the films in question are not like the other movies with guys driving cars. She reportedly hopes to soon turn this complaint into a class action lawsuit, allowing all wronged Drive attendees to stand up and, as a group, demand that all films forever be exactly the film envisioned in the head of each audience member.

FilmDistrict has yet to respond, as they're likely hoping that the November release of Jack & Jill will calm everyone down once it successfully delivers on its promise of Adam Sandler and Adam Sandler in drag.

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