'Drive' Lawsuit Condemns Ryan Gosling for Not Being Vin Diesel

Just when you think you've heard it all, here comes a Michigan lady named Sarah Deming who was so outraged after seeing Ryan Gosling's Drive, she filed a lawsuit against film distributor, FilmDistrict. The claim is that she was misled by the marketing campaign for Drive, and that the actual movie wasn't what she expected to see at all.

What was the problem, you ask? Well, according to the suit, apparently the distributor "promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast and Furious, or similar, series of movies."

Yeah. She was seriously pissed about this critically-acclaimed movie because it wasn't Fast and Furious, you guys.

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The suit goes on to whine some more about how the film didn't include Vin Diesel as per her expectations, and then veers into a weird rant about how it promotes racism:

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.

Well, Sarah Deming, I'm not sure I agree with you a hundred percent on your police work, there. I mean, when I watch the trailer, I do observe some shots of Gosling behind the wheel, but ... wait a minute, he also appears in some scenes that were not filmed inside a vehicle. Hmmmmm. Also, maybe I'm just a crazy hopeful cinema fan, but the trailer seems to indicate that there's sort of story happening in the movie? One that doesn't involve people endless racing cars?

Here's the trailer in all its misleading glory:



You tell me, do you watch that and think, YESSSS, FAST AND FURIOUSER: EVEN MORE FURIOUS?


Deming wants a refund on her ticket, but she's also calling for "an end to misleading trailers" in order to protect America's most gullible moviegoers. She intends to turn her case into a class action lawsuit, so everyone who got burned by
Drive's lying lies that lie can cash in.

If this isn't immediately thrown out of court—AS IT SHOULD BE—it will certainly open the doors to future cases involving misleading movie trailers. I can think of at least three films whose distribution companies might want to considering lawyering up:


Lost in Translation

Trailer: Wacky comedic Engrish goof-fest!
Actual movie
: Dreamy, depressing, amazingly lovely film about isolation and loneliness.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Trailer: Typical spooky Tim Burton fare.
Actual movie:
Hello, it's a musical. They never stop singing.

Battle: Los Angeles

Trailer: Arty action movie sure to take its place among the all-time sci-fi greats.
Actual movie:
Total piece of disappointing dogshit.

What do you think about the Drive lawsuit? Can you think of any other trailers that should be added to the POTENTIALLY MISLEADING list?



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