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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
16 ( 6)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 99 wins & 169 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


Revenge never looked so promising. 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Chris Lowell said Emerald Fennel was very playful and fun while filming the scenes between Al and Cassie, and kept the atmosphere on set light, reminding the actors that they were pretending and that they were making a comedy so they didn't need to be too serious: "I think having that levity as we were shooting the sequences was a much-needed respite from the content itself. It made 3 really difficult days of shooting much more manageable, and I think also, frankly, kept our mental health in check in a really wonderful way." See more »


Even on the highways, there's no traffic. See more »


Ryan: Dating's horrible, everyone's horrible, okay? I went on a date last month with a woman who wanted to euthanize the homeless.
Cassandra: You went on date with my mom?
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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 »


References Panique (1946) See more »


Petite Fille Amour
Written by Jacqueline Taïeb & Catherine Podguszer
Performed by Jacqueline Taïeb
Courtesy of LoveCat Music and Editions FGL
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Revenge has never been more colorful
15 January 2021 | by rachellebogartSee all my reviews

This movie blew me away. I went through basically the entire range of emotions before the movie was even over. It hit on everything that's made me so angry for such a long time. It was a vessel of that rage and it felt so good to see it depicted. More than that though, it felt like a story about the deep love we have for our friends. The message was amazing in my opinion.....and the ending was perfect!

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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

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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