I’m sure we’ve all experienced this before: you watch a trailer or commercial for an upcoming movie, and then later when you actually see that movie, it’s not exactly what you were expecting. Maybe it’s worse than you thought it would be, or maybe it’s actually better, but in either case, the advertising was not a fair indication of what you ended up getting. I assume most people would probably just accept this as a normal part of being a moviegoer, or in the worst case scenario you might walk out of the movie and ask for your money back. Well, this week a woman in Michigan decided to take things a step further after being disappointed with the movie Drive: she has filed a lawsuit against FilmDistrict, the distributor of the film, essentially claiming that the trailer served as false advertising.
Michigan resident Sarah Deming had apparently gone in to see Nicolas Winding Refn’s film with the expectation that it was going to be a Fast & Furious-style action movie. In her lawsuit, she says that the film “bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film … having very little driving in the motion picture.” As if that wasn’t enough, she also claims that the movie is antisemitic as it showcases a lot of gratuitous violence against people of the Jewish faith. She is hoping to turn her lawsuit into a class action suit, meaning that other moviegoers would also be able to sue if they had similar complaints.
Clearly this would be a very bad precedent to set, as films are artistic experiences with subjective interpretations, not consumer products that can simply be labeled as faulty. Fortunately, I really don’t think she has any hope in hell at winning this thing. The most she could probably do is get her money back, which the cinema already said they would be more than willing to do. What do you think, is this woman completely off her rocker? What are some of the more misleading trailers you’ve seen?