Preview 'Drives' Michigan Woman to Sue

Oct 10, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
A woman has sued, alleging she was misled by the preview of the Ryan Gosling film "Drive."

The trailer of the recently released Ryan Gosling movie "Drive" misled audiences into believing the film was a car chase flick in the spirit of The Fast and the Furious franchise, according to a lawsuit recently filed by a Michigan woman who not only wants her "Drive" ticket refunded, but wants the motion picture industry regulated to prevent similarly misleading previews in the future.

According to the lawsuit, the distribution company behind "Drive," FilmDistrict, purposely misled audiences by producing a trailer featuring action-packed car chase sequences, when the movie only contained a few chase sequences.

In addition, the plaintiff, Sarah Deming, alleges that because the movie "substantially contained extreme, gratuitous, defamatory, dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith," it incites the audience to perpetrate violence against Jewish people, local Detroit news source WDIV reported.

Deming seeks to make her lawsuit a class-action so that other dissatisfied moviegoers can join her in pushing for more accurate previews.

The movie theater where Deming saw "Drive," Emagine cinema of Novi, Michigan, characterized the lawsuit as frivolous, telling WDIV that refunds are given to dissatisfied customers.

Since opening on the weekend of September 16, "Drive" has grossed more than $28 million, according to Variety.