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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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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

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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?


The book Cassie reads while working at the coffee shop is titled "Careful How You Go," which is a nod to Emerald Fennell's 2018 short film of the same name, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Daniel Rigby and Linda Bassett. See more »


All her fellow medical school students recognize Cassie instantly, except Al. If Al had recognized her, her plan wouldn't work. See more »


[infiltrating Al Monroe's bachelor party as the sexy nurse]
Cassandra: I take it you're the groom.
Al Monroe: Yeah.
[Cassie opens a chair and slams Al into it]
Cassandra: Then sit the fuck down.
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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 »


Stars Are Blind
Written by Kentrick Patrick, Fernando Garibay, Ralph McCarthy & Sheppard Solomon
Performed by Paris Hilton
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Very, Very Good (And different)
28 December 2020 | by sweetemotion2See all my reviews

It's a comedy, but not really.

It's a thriller, but not really.

There's a romantic element, but it's certainly not a romance film.

I'm not sure exactly how to describe it, except to say that this film crosses several genres, and that I thought it was very creative and interesting. It reminded me a little of 'A Simple Favor', except not quite so dark.

Carey Mulligan is superb. Bo Burnham is very funny. I wanted to punch nearly every other male character in the film.

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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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