Woman sues over misleading Drive trailer

Have you ever watched a movie and thought, ‘this is nothing like the trailer promised!’? Then did you quickly get over it and carry on living your life? Not Michigan woman Sarah Deming! 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Deming has filed a lawsuit against distributor Film District over their “misleading” trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (which stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt-man/getaway driver). She is also suing her local cinema for screening it.

Deming felt the trailers promoted Drive as “similar” to the Fast and Furious series of films, because, apparently, all movies with cars should be like the Fast and Furious films.

Her complaints quickly move from the trailer being misleading to the picture’s supposed anti-Semitic undertones (which, as far as we can tell, are merely due to the fact that one of the characters in the flick is Jewish):

“”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.”

The greatest irony of all: it’s hard to imagine a bigger treat than thinking you were about to watch Fast and Furious 6000 and instead getting to experience Refn’s ultra-cool, existential (yet undeniably) thrilling neon-noir (neon-noir is not actually a proper term, but it feels apt when describing Drive).

Drive also stars Carey MulliganAlbert BrooksBryan CranstonRon Perlman and Oscar Isaac. It arrives in Australian cinemas October 27.

Discuss: How many days until this is thrown out of court? One? A half-day?

7 Responses to “Woman sues over misleading Drive trailer”

  1. What’s the statute of limitations on this?

    Think I could still get my money back for The Phantom Menace?

  2. Don’t be so quick to laugh – this is the USA where people win lawsuits against McDonalds because it didn’t state in any way that the coffee in the takeaway cup might be hot!!

    I give it at least a week so the laywers can take plenty of her money :)

    • I’m assuming you are referring to the lady who almost died as a result of her third degree burns sustained from a McDonalds coffee?

  3. I heard that Palace cinemas had numerous walkouts with Tree of Life, since so many went in expecting a Brad Pitt film, whatever that means. I too saw the warning on the counter when I went to see it.
    I am going to go see Eye of the Storm soon so I guess I won’t see a preview for Drive when I do.

  4. She must have picked the wrong movie in the first place, this is just stupid.

  5. if she initiated a lawsuit against the quality of films she would have had a 1000 cases yearly to keep her in coin, hollywood stopped making quality films with quality scripts last century, way before the century ended

  6. She thought Drive was similar to Fast & The Furious? What trailer was she watching O.o

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