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Promising Young Woman

Country: USA | UK, Language: English, 113 mins

  • Director: Emerald Fennell
  • Writer: Emerald Fennell
  • Producer: Tom Ackerley; Ben Browning; Emerald Fennell; Ashley Fox; Josey Mcnamara; Margot Robbie

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Some may call it subtext...but, we are screaming LESBIAN!!! Seriously...this is: Hell has no fury like a woman scorned. Straight men...beware! She's coming to get you!

Yes...and, it really has to be said, this is a 113 minute, man-hating extravaganza...without respite. The feminists will absolutely love it, whooping with delight as each and [nearly] every man is crushed...and then, they - most definitely - won't be whooping! This is more twisted than Lombard Street! [Look it up].

Lauded with excessive praise and [potentially] excessive awards...no idea why! It is darkly funny [in places]...but, there is no denying the absolute anger behind the 'comedy' - and that anger takes it into the realm of...incredulity! Jaw-droppingly so!

Heed this as a warning...don't judge a book by its cover...or, to be more accurate, never judge the look of your lover!

It is a gripping film...although it doesn't have the venom of Fatal Attraction nor the eroticism of Basic Instinct...but, it does have a final 15 minutes that will leave you - depending on your POV - either over or under-whelmed...or, simply, befuddled.

This is Emerald Fennell's first feature behind the camera...and, she does do a decent job. But, this is Villanelle without the credible insanity. All Promising Young Woman needed was...credible insanity!


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The(ir) Blurb...

A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who crossed her path.

Cast & Characters

Adam Brody as Jerry
Ray Nicholson as Jim (as Raymond Nicholson)
Sam Richardson as Paul (as Samuel Richardson)
Carey Mulligan as Cassandra
Timothy E. Goodwin as Monty
Clancy Brown as Stanley
Jennifer Coolidge as Susan
Laverne Cox as Gail
Alli Hart as Ruby
Loren Paul as Jeff
Scott Aschenbrenner as Jeff's Friend
Bo Burnham as Ryan
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Neil
Alison Brie as Madison
Gabriel Oliva as Alfred