Why Queer Crime Caper ‘Drive-Away Dolls’ Took 20 Years to Make

As someone who has watched too many sober-minded lesbian films that end in tears, Drive-Away Dolls is indeed a breath of fresh air. In case you didn’t catch it in theaters, I won’t spoil the plot’s many twists and turns here, but suffice it to say it features wall-mounted dildos, alternately funny and sweet lesbian sex scenes, a psychedelic cameo from Miley Cyrus, and much, much more. The film is also a showcase for three talented actresses — Margaret Qualley, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Beanie Feldstein — who are clearly having a blast working on a queer crime caper.

The only sad thing about Drive-Away Dolls is that we couldn’t watch it in 1999, when the film is set. “[We] couldn’t get the movie made then because it was a different time,” Coen says in the featurette, and I can indeed only imagine trying to pitch a movie originally titled Drive-Away Dykes to a room of Hollywood executives back then. While there was plenty of groundbreaking sapphic film in the ’90s — including my personal favorite, Bound, by the Wachowskis — most of it was made via small production companies and distributors, and little of it had the kind of silly exuberance we’re able to see onscreen these days.

So if you like your queer movies like I do — silly, sexy, and strange — give Drive-Away Dolls a look. It’s the kind of movie we should have had 20 years ago, but that doesn’t make it any less fun now.

Drive-Away Dolls is now available to own or rent via premium video on demand (PVOD).

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