‘Drive-Away Dolls’ Trailer Reveals the Authentic Lesbian Road Trip We Crave

Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist

For those craving a wild ride of a lesbian road trip, look no further than the Drive-Away Dolls

The trailer teases just enough of the plot to have lesbian fans already frothing over Drive-Away Dolls’ bar scenes and the premise of Qualley (Jamie) Viswanathan (Marian) hauling ass to Tallahassee with a briefcase of some precious cargo that belongs to Domingo’s character. Feldstein as a soft-butch cop, Sukie, is icing after that.

“We wrote the movie way back when, 20 years ago, but couldn’t get it made then, because then it was hard to get a movie about two lesbians made, and especially hard if it was a movie about two lesbians but was deficient in the kind of ‘importance’ that those movies were supposed to have,” Cooke and Coen say. “Now it’s easier to make a movie where having two lesbian main characters doesn’t have to mean the movie is ‘important.’ There’s now room for absurdity in a gay movie — room which we desperately needed. We used every inch of it.”

Still, Drive-Away Dolls, with all its exuberant absurdity and nods to action-packed road trips, has moments of prescience, says Coen.

“As for the political significance of the movie: you’ll see, when you see it, that the movie says something about the issues [of LGBTQ+ erasure]. Being the kind of movie it is, it says it in a lighthearted way, but sometimes when you’re just kidding, you aren’t kidding,” Coen says.

“We don’t want our identities erased, or stereotyped, or beat up on. It’s important to represent in every way possible — lesbian, bisexual, trans, gay, gender fluid, nonbinary — and having the opportunity to make a movie that let us put queer characters at the forefront gives visibility to our community. Since Ethan has an audience outside of that community, we hope to speak to a larger demographic,” Cooke adds.

Watch the trailer for Drive-Away Dolls below. The film is in theaters September 23.

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Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist


My name is David but my online nick almost everywhere is Altabear. I'm a web developer, graphic artist and outspoken human rights (and by extension, mens rights) advocate. Married to my gorgeous husband for 12 years, together for 25 and living with our partner of 4 years, in beautiful Edmonton, Canada.

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