With the unemployment rate in Michigan still topping 11% and a new law cutting benefits from 26 weeks to just 20, there is a growing fear among social services workers that people will start taking drastic measures to survive. While we're not sure if financial necessity and/or having lots of extra time on her hands pushed a Detroit-area moviegoer to sue the theater where she saw Drive, her legal action certainly qualifies as "drastic."
Naming both the theater and the film's distributor in her lawsuit, reports say Sarah Deming not only wants her money back but also seeks to put an end to "misleading" movie trailers, like the one she claims duped her into seeing Drive. The bait-and-switch, if you can believe it, is that Deming was expecting to see a clone of The Fast and the Furious. You can see the film's trailer after the jump, and if you want in on the legal action yourself, WDIV is reporting that Deming's attorney, Martin H. Leaf, is seeking class action status.
According to WDIV, Deming's lawsuit further describes the film's contents as "extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith." While we are certainly not going to weigh in on those accusations, the film did win its director, Nicolas Winding Refn, a Best Director Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Pulitzer Prize winning critic Roger Ebert described Drive thusly: "Here is a movie with respect for writing, acting and craft. It has respect for knowledgable moviegoers."