Monday, April 15, 2024

Sex Toys and Star Cameos (Matt Damon, Miley Cyrus) Featured in “Drive Away Dolls,” Currently Rated at 69 on Rotten Tomatoes


Not kidding– Ethan Coen’s “Drive Away Dolls” is rated at 69% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The lesbian-driven comedy previews tonight and opens tomorrow. It’s Ethan’s first feature without brother Joel, but he promises they will reunite soon. (Ethan has written some cool plays and short stories solo, too.)

“Drive Away Dolls” was co-written by Tricia Cooke, Coen’s wife of many years. It stars the wide eyed and wonderful Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Beanie Feldstein. There a lot of cameos, from famous people like Matt Damon, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, and even Grammy winner Miley Cyrus.

There also a lot of sex toys. STOP: YOU’VE NEVER SEEN THIS WORD BEFORE IN THIS COLUMN. Dildos. Lots of them. (Google often censors stories with words like ‘sex’ and ‘dildo’ so we’re walking a fine line.)

Apparently in real life, Miley has a room dedicated to this important personal appliance. She spoke about it in Architectural Digest.

“Drive Away Dolls” is no “Fargo” or “Miller’s Crossing,” Coen and Cooke promise. I believe them. But it sounds kooky enough to work. The music is from the great Carter Burwell, who’s composed all the Coen movies. And it does have that rating!

PS Here’s something few people know: I reported back in 1996 that Ethan and Cooke had built a log cabin on top of their New York apartment. This is why you have to love them.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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