Rent Drive-Away Dolls (2024)

2.7 of 5 from 108 ratings
1h 20min
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Synopsis:
Written by Ethan Coen and Tricia Cooke, this comedy caper follows Jamie (Margaret Qualley), an uninhibited free spirit bemoaning yet another breakup with a girlfriend, and her demure friend Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan) who desperately needs to loosen up. In search of a fresh start, the two embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, but things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Tim Bevan, Ethan Coen, Tricia Cooke, Eric Fellner, Robert Graf
Writers:
Ethan Coen, Tricia Cooke
Aka:
Drive Away Dykes
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Lesbian & Gay, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/06/2024
Run Time:
80 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Audio Description, French Dolby Digital 5.1, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Drive-Away Gang
  • 'Drive-Away Dolls': An Ethan and Tricia Project
  • Road Trip Essentials
BBFC:
Release Date:
17/06/2024
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description, English Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French Audio Description, French Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, German Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Drive-Away Gang
  • 'Drive-Away Dolls': An Ethan and Tricia Project
  • Road Trip Essentials

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Reviews (1) of Drive-Away Dolls

Comedy Road Movie - Great Fun - Drive-Away Dolls review by GI

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21/03/2024

This is a crazy, screwball road movie comedy that is simply great fun. It's sharp and sexy even when it's all obviously flimsy and daft. Directed by Ethan Coen this has all the hallmarks of a Coen Brothers film even though Joel Coen wasn't involved. Jamie (Margaret Qualley), a free spirited and spontaneous girl, has just broken up with her tough girlfriend so she decides to accompany her friend, Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan), on a road trip to Florida. Marian is the polar opposite and although also a lesbian she's much more sexually repressed and Jamie is intent on getting her laid. But in the car they hire is a the film's McMuffin that starts the zany plot when they are pursed by a bunch of villains out to recover it. What is in the car you will be totally surprised by I guarantee. A cheerful, nonsensical caper film that will make you laugh and has the benefits of two leads who give great comedy performances and aided by a cameos by Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal.

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Critic review

Drive-Away Dolls (aka Drive Away Dykes) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Drive-Away Dolls is one of those manic crime comedies that relies more on the absurdity of the elements than the execution. It’s a film that’s hoping the props of dildos, severed heads, and mistaken identities will be enough to keep the audience laughing throughout. Unfortunately, with such a messy and all-over-the-place assembly, the actors can’t exactly effortlessly step into this formula and hope the ride will carry them. Try as they might, this film flops all over the place, relying on trippy animated bumpers to carry this picture’s wild nature.

Set in 1999 (with some questionable choices in regional politics and music that conflict with the era), the film follows the friends of Jamie (Margaret Qualley) and Marian (Geraldine Viswanathan). They’re a mismatched pair considering that Jamie is a horny lesbian sleeping around with everybody and cheating on her girlfriend. At the same time, Marian is an uptight lesbian who keeps herself far too reserved. The two decide to take a trip to Florida to escape it all. But, in a plot twist straight out of Beavis & Butt-head Do America, the two women unwittingly rent a car that carries valuable items sought by dangerous people.

Before they discover the shocking reveal of a severed head and a suitcase of dildos, Jamie and Marian go on a hunt for sex amid their road trip. Jamie has no problem using her gaydar to find the best lesbian spots in the South. She proceeds to sleep around with any willing woman she can find while Marian awkwardly tries to get out of the way of the many one-night stands. With Marian still feeling uncertain about her sexuality, she starts developing feelings for Jamie, and the two of them soon find their way into some passionate situations of oral sex.

Qualley and Viswanathan have such good chemistry that it’s almost criminal how they’re handed such a first-draft script. This is a story in which the tone is all over the place. When focusing on the central friendship-turning-romance, the film has a quirky charm, albeit amid some lukewarm attempts at comedy. When focusing on the antagonists trying to track them down, the film adheres to a darker tone with goofy moments. It feels as though the film can’t make up its mind about whether or not Colman Domingo is supposed to be an intimidating or bumbling criminal mastermind. Thus, the film resorts to giving him too goofy sidekicks. One talks way too long about how badly he wants to fornicate, while the other gets molested by a dog amid a home invasion. You know a film is struggling for comedy when getting humped by a dog is thrown in as a side gag.

For a plot that involves a scandal with a senator and concerns about gay rights, it’s surprising how toothless this film comes off. There are moments where it feels like there’s a setup for a more enticing lesbian road trip movie with biting commentary. And yet, the film barely feels like it takes place in the far-off time of 1999, where characters only passively mention Y2K and make inaccurate statements about where gay marriage was legal at the time. Even the sex scenes don’t feel all that engaging, considering even the most erotic moments are capped with a dildo being used for the punchline.

Dive-Away Dolls has the look and feel of a mildly interesting comedy that needs to be refined. It’s shocking how off this film feels from director and co-writer Ethan Coen, who helmed a similar film called Burn After Reading. At least within that messy ensemble of a picture, there were some genuine moments of laughter, including the absurd dildo machine that was built. By that metric, Drive-Away Dolls favors volume over quality, where the comedy comes not from the presence of a dildo but from its abundance.

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