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things you need to know: if you don’t like a movie, you can just sue the people who made you go see it

Carey Mulligan and Ryan Gosling in Drive

It’s true! Amazingly, no one realized this until Sarah Deming of Michigan let us know this was the deal. And now The Hollywood Reporter is spreading the good news:

Sarah Deming has filed a lawsuit against FilmDistrict claiming that the distributors, “promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast and Furious, or similar, series of movies.”

Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film… having very little driving in the motion picture,” the suit continues. “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.

Deming is seeking a refund for her movie ticket, in addition to halting the production of “misleading movie trailers” in the future. The plaintiff intends to turn her individual case into a class action lawsuit, thereby allowing fellow movie-goers an opportunity to share in the settlement, reports Detroit’s WDIV-TV.

This is a fantastic development in the history of Hollywood, and is sure to ensure us better, more entertaining, and more vehicular-explosiony movies in the future.

On an unrelated note, I hereby indemnify myself and, uh, stuff and, er, deny all liability connected to the reading of my reviews — such as, um, those of Drive and Fast Five — and the subsequent enjoyment or lack of enjoyment on the part of the moviegoer. Ergo and wherefore.

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