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Movie Distributor Sued Because DRIVE Isn't Like FAST AND FURIOUS


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Seems a poor box office showing isn't the only thing the distributors of the crime drama Drive are left to face after the film failed to catch traction with the general public following a scorching run on the international film circuit.  Now it must go up against the court system since one viewer didn't think the film was accurately represented by its trailer.

Yes, that's right. According to THR, one film goer was so irked that Drive wasn't like Fast and Furious, she's now filed a lawsuit against the film's distributors for misleading advertising. Seems she thinks the film's trailer made it out out to be a Fast and Furious knock-off...  and was surprised it was actually an Oscar-caliber drama instead. Ok, we added that last part. But, despite our own thoughts about the misleading ways many films are marketed and advertised, we must admit, suing is an absurdly obnoxious means of attacking a petty first-world problem.

Drive, which garnered a Palme D'or nomination back in May, stars Ryan Gosling as a Hollywood stunt driver moonlighting as a criminal wheelman who learns of a contract for his life after a heist goes wrong. While the film enjoyed only modest box office receipts, it has gained plenty of critical acclaim on where it currently sits with a 93% "fresh" rating.

Drive isn't a hard-charging action flick with lots of fast driving and shit blowing up every five minutes. Though it does have a few grisly scenes of gore, the film is mostly an intricately plotted love story that centers on the driver's (Gosling) and Carey Mulligan's characters slowly falling in love. So, no, it's not Fast and Furious. But while there are some driving action sequences in the trailer, it certainly doesn't make it out to be anything resembling Fast an Furious. In fact, only 22 seconds of the trailer's 152 (13%) feature a car being driven at all. Yes, maybe the film's timing (summer?) and title might lead one to think they're in for a shallow popcorn actioner, but blaming the trailer is certainly driving down the wrong path.

In her lawsuit, Sarah Deming claims, "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 confusing and deflective nature of her claims aside, we wonder if Ms. Deming is truly able to make sound judgment on a movie she undoubtedly wasn't able to sit through due to its offensive subject matter.

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