DRIVE-AWAY DOLLS – “Delivers campy and quirky pulp in spades”

Drive-Away-Dolls

RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Ethan Coen

MAIN CAST

• Margaret Qualley as Jamie
• Geraldine Viswanathan as Marian
• Beanie Feldstein as Sukie
• Colman Domingo as Chief
• Pedro Pascal as Santos
• Bill Camp as Curlie
• Matt Damon as Senator Channel

SYNOPSIS

In search of a fresh start, two women embark on an impromptu road trip to Tallahassee, Fla. However, things quickly go awry when they cross paths with a group of inept criminals along the way.

REVIEW SUMMARY

Ethan Coen’s Drive Away Dolls delivers campy and quirky pulp in spades. It’s also a movie that gets increasingly stranger as the buddy road trip tale rolls on. Is that a good thing? Well, yes and no. You see, the movie is so oddball at times that it takes a lot to connect with the people we are meant to connect with. On the other hand, its distinctiveness sets it apart from the rest of the pack. You also really have to like this ultra dark style of humor. If that’s your thing, then I’m happy to report that there is plenty to laugh at. As for the plot, while lightweight and silly, it does offer some interesting social and political themes to chew on. The lesbian-led story is ultimately about acceptance and embracing freedom - let your freak flag fly, as they say. And, for such a darkly humorous crime caper, it can get surprisingly erotic at times (not to mention psychedelic). It’s all packaged in a cartoony vibe, however. The transitions between scenes alone are, shall we say, interesting. Luckily, our leading ladies are up for all the straight-faced and the camp-tastic shenanigans. Margaret Qualley (with charisma in excess) and Geraldine Viswanathan make for a wonderful odd couple pairing. Unfortunately, the A-list cameos from Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, and Miley Cyrus all add up to very little. So, in the end, Drive Away Dolls has just enough goofy entertainment to keep it from running out of gas – but warning, the ride can get quite bumpy along the way.

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