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


Emerald Fennell


Emerald Fennell
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 107 wins & 163 nominations. See more awards »





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


Pushing thirty, and defined by a hideous crime involving her bosom friend, Nina, emotionally scarred medical school dropout, Cassie, knows firsthand that some wounds never heal. Leading an uneventful existence, still living with her parents, waiting tables at a cheap coffee shop to earn a living, Cassie has found the perfect way to deal with the painful past. Dressed to kill, at night, Cassie frequents the local bars and nightclubs, pretending to be dead-drunk, utterly helpless and vulnerable. And, every week, lethally beautiful Cassie is on the prowl for all sorts of nocturnal predators and other wolves in sheep's clothing, who are unaware that, sometimes, the hunter can become the prey. Then, Ryan, a kindly and caring old classmate who is the bee's knees, enters the picture, and just like that, Cassie wants out. However, everybody knows that breaking bad habits is easier said than done. Could Ryan be the one? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Take her home and take your chances. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including sexual assault, language throughout, some sexual material and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Writer-director Emerald Fennell also served as a writer and executive producer on Killing Eve (2018), another production with a prominent and aggressive female character. See more »


The feet of the white knee-highs are noticeably dirty when swapping sneakers for red heels before walking without shoes on the unpaved road. See more »


Al Monroe: [while smothering Cassandra] Fucking... stop moving! Stop fucking moving! Stop fucking moving! Fuck you!
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Crazy Credits

The copyright date appears twice, once during the opening credits as "MMXX" and once during the closing credits as "2020." See more »


Last Laugh
Written by Fletcher (as Cari Fletcher), One Love (as Tim Sommers) & Kinetics (as Jeremy Dussolliet)
Performed by Fletcher
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Debut efforts have no business being this good
3 January 2021 | by jtindahouseSee all my reviews

I watched a lot of films in 2020 (167 to be exact) and gave only one of them a perfect 10/10 score. It took exactly one film in 2021 to match that. A sign of good things ahead hopefully. 'Promising Young Woman' is one of those rare treats of a film where you simply don't want it to end. Every aspect of it is perfect. Here's the kicker though - I couldn't wait to find out who the writer/director was afterwards. To my astonishment it was a debut effort from Emerald Fennell. Incredible stuff.

Where to begin with this film? I think my single favourite thing about it was the dialogue. It was so exquisitely written (and performed for that matter). So many films lack any imagination in their dialogue these days, but not this film. It can be charming, charismatic, intriguing, thoughtful, funny and a hundred things in between. Also the music in this movie was perfect. I particularly loved the Toxic instrumental and the use of Angel of the Morning at the end. This is a soundtrack I would buy.

I was aware of Carey Mulligan before this film, but incredibly I had never seen a single one of her films or television shows. I was blown away by how talented she is. The range she shows in one single character in 'Promising Young Woman' is almost beyond belief. I'm not sure if this is the type of film the Academy would ever recognise a performance in, but they absolutely should.

I can't say enough goods things about this movie. It hits every note perfectly. 'Promising Young Woman' was an absolute pleasure to sit through and a film that you simply can't afford to miss.

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Release Date:

25 December 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Promising Young Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$719,305, 27 December 2020

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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