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Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Drive-Away Dolls
Director: Ethan Coen
Cast: Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, Beanie Feldstein, Colman Domingo, Pedro Pascal, Bill Camp, Matt Damon, Joey Slotnick, C. J. Wilson, Annie Gonzalez, Josh Flitter, Miley Cyrus

Two lesbian friends pick up a drive-away car and plan a road trip from Philadelphia to Florida, with a series of stops at standout lesbian bars along the way, but they are unaware of the unexpected cargo in the boot of the car. Ethan Coen's first solo feature is a goofy road movie, which plays like a bad cover version of a Coen brothers movie. The story bares a resemblance to Fargo and No Country for Old Men, but tonally it is closer to the likes of Burn After Reading and Raising Arizona. This comedy is delightfully short, breezy, and raunchy, but I don't think I laughed once at the wacky and stupid buffoonery on screen. Some of the performances (namely, Margaret Qualley and Pedro Pascal) are awful. Coen scripted with his wife Tricia Cooke. It's all set in 1999, probably because mobile phones would render the entire plot pointless.