It’s stories like this that make us want to cry. Drive has been, for our money, one of the very, very best films of the year. An astutely measured throwback to 70s cinema, it’s a film that’s still rattling around our heads many, many weeks after we first saw it. It’s the kind of treat that we don’t get often enough.
Sadly for the human race, a woman in Detroit doesn’t agree. But it’s the manner of her disagreement that’s depressing.
She’s taken umbrage with the fact that, after watching the trailer, she didn’t get a film closer in feel to The Fast And The Furious. Furthermore, her suit alleges that “Drive was a motion picture that substantially contained extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanising racism directed against members of the Jewish faith, and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith”.
The suit also suggests that “Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film… having very little driving in the motion picture”.
Sheesh, where do you start.
If you don’t like Drive, you don’t like Drive. We get that, we respect that, even if we mightily disagree, with all the geek force we can summon. If you felt like the trailer was selling you a slightly different feel? Crikey, there’s the guts of an argument there, and most of us have had a moan about misleading trailers over the years.
But suing over it? Suing over it? Really?
As for the suggestion that the film was promoting criminal violence, may we suggest in turn that she was watching a very different flick to us.
If ever you wonder why the world is full of silly little laws, policies, and people covering their backside, it’s frivolous bollocks such as this. What exactly is the woman concerned looking to get out of this? According to the original story, which appeared at Click On Detroit, the woman concerned is looking for a refund. So why didn’t she just ask for one?
She’s also looking to turn it into a class action lawsuit, thus getting more people involved. This is a good idea. Let’s round all of these people up in one place and make them watch films of our choosing for the next year. We’ll give them something to get pissed off about.
We wouldn’t even sue the makers of Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son for having the temerity to suggest that particular motion picture was a comedy. But to sue Film District, the US distributor of Drive? We’d say let her whistle for her refund.