Film: Promising Young Woman

Opened: December 25, 2020

Directed by: Emerald Fennell

Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Chris Lowell, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, Alfred Molina, Molly Shannon, Angela Zhou & Emerald Fennell

There’s never been a smarter and more entertaining look at female consent and one seeking vengeance than in writer-director Emerald Fennell’s brilliant debut.

Cassie Thomas (Carey Mulligan) seeks to teach a lesson by pretending to be drunk and letting herself get lured into being taken advantage of by men. This is a response to trauma that has affected her since college when her best friend Nina was raped at a party full of onlookers.

The film is a career high for Mulligan and lets her show off many facets of her acting chops. From the first scenes, she is absolutely mesmerizing.

A solid piece of commentary that speaks on women’s rights and those that neglect their stories, this is a perfect film to watch in the #MeToo era.

Final say: To use the tagline, “Revenge never looked so promising.” ★★★★★

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