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."


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      FHP11
      • 3 Years Ago
      The law needs to be changed to punish people who open up lawsuits like this. Perhaps I could sue her because her actions created a story that I wasted 20 seconds of my life reading... Makes as much sense.
        TelegramSam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FHP11
        Or just refuse to hear them in court. Unfortunately outlandish behavior sells. The lawyer involved probably knows that this is a dead end, but takes the case because of the media exposure it gives his firm.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      .. or sue beer commercials for lying about the hottest women appearing out of no where next to me, bs.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Carbon Fibre
        The message there is "if you drink enough of our product", every woman can look like that. Hence the phrase "Beer Goggles".
      Trevor
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well that is the american way........... don't like something than sue.
        Luis Emilio Rodrigue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Trevor
        I did not like your comment, it is misleading and racist against the American Way, expect to hear from my lawyers, I will also be suing your mother, as she is responsible for having you!
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      Again, welcome to America, where you can file suit for pretty much anything. No wonder why the rest of the world laughs at us...
      DKano
      • 3 Years Ago
      Make her pay for the court fees. That will stop people from filing stupid lawsuits!!!
        flychinook
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DKano
        That sounds all good and well, but I kind of like that our justice system allows for anybody, rich or poor, to seek justice when they feel they have been wronged. Frivolous is in the eye of the beholder, and to try to draw a line at what is or is not frivolous is a very slippery slope.
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      There is no faster way to accurately label yourself as a genuinely bad person with whom no one should have to associate themselves than with a frivolous lawsuit, and this woman just set a new low in frivolous lawsuits.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody have some legal advise for me? I need to sue God because my farts stink.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      "..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." A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
      Nowuries
      • 3 Years Ago
      That our legal system allows this farce, and waste of taxpayers dollars too, makes me sick...
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      She should sue her psychologist for not giving her the right dosage of meds.
      tump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just walk out and get your refund from the box office. That's what the judge will ask you anyway.
      DC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet another example of why I am proud to be from Michigan.
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