Review: Promising Young Woman

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Carey Mulligan delivers one of the best performances of the year in a film that will leave audiences talking.

Mulligan plays Cassie, a coffee shop worker with a troubled past who spends her evenings playing drunk in order to attract opportunistic men and teach them a lesson they’ll never forget. Writer/director Emerald Fennell has crafted a film that aptly showcases the appalling realities of sexual assault and the unequal standards the parties are held to in the aftermath. The film itself is colorful, energetic, and quite humorous, even as it leaves you aghast at the actions of those involved. One scene in particular, involving Mulligan’s Cassie and Connie Britton’s collegiate dean features an authentic conversation that reveals the deep societal biases against women who come forward as victims. The narratives explored within Promising Young Woman are not exaggerated, though the actions of the main character may be. For this reason, Fennell’s film will go down as one of the most important films of the year for the discussions it is sure to instigate. 

Though the final scenes left me scratching my head (not because of their intent, but rather I just simply didn’t like the direction the story went), Promising Young Woman is a shot of revenge adrenaline not seen cinematically in quite some time. Both Mulligan and Fennell will be in the awards conversation in a few months, and rightfully so.

Promising Young Woman is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 25th, 2020.

Rating: 4/5

Photo from Variety

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