Wednesday 12 October 2011

Life imitates Art - Strange Brew edition

The Canadians (and Canuckophiles) among you will recall that Bob & Doug MacKenzie were shamed into giving a 10 year old kid a refund for his ticket to Mutants of 2051 A.D. - the film within the film that didn't live up to audience expectations.

Well, if you can't shame a refund out of a film-maker, maybe you can sue. Here's Mike Masnick:
Sure, we've all noted that various movie trailers may not be representative of the movie, but is that an illegal bait-and-switch? Sarah Deming apparently believes so, and somehow found a lawyer willing to sue over this awful deception (thanks to Will for sending this in). Her specific complaint? She expected the recently released movie Drive to be much more like The Fast and the Furious based on the trailer.

The lawsuit claimed that the producers and movie theater "promoted the film Drive as very similar to the Fast and Furious, or similar, series of movies." And yet... "Drive bore very little similarity to a chase or race action film... having very little driving in the motion picture." She's arguing that this violates Michigan's consumer protection laws. 

Oh, and to make it even better, she apparently would like to turn the whole thing into a class action lawsuit, so in case you, too, felt ripped off... This whole thing is so ridiculous, you almost wonder if it isn't a bad viral marketing campaign for Drive.
I could see a case for suing the folks who inexplicably rated Strange Brew only 6.5 stars at IMDB. What's wrong with you people? At least Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 70% fresh....

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