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

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Emerald Fennell

Writer:

Emerald Fennell
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Cast

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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Storyline

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

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Revenge never looked so promising. See more »

Genres:

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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Early in 2021, entertainment magazine Variety issued an apology for critic Dennis Harvey's review of the film, on account of a paragraph comparing star Carey Mulligan with Margot Robbie: "Mulligan, a fine actress, seems a bit of an odd choice as this admittedly many-layered apparent femme fatale. Margot Robbie is a producer here, and one can (perhaps too easily) imagine the role might once have been intended for her. Whereas with this star, Cassie wears her pickup-bait gear like bad drag; even her long blonde hair seems a put-on." Mulligan told the New York Times in December 2020, "I felt like it was basically saying that I wasn't hot enough". After the editorial apology, and after calls on social media for him to be sacked, Harvey stood by his review: "I'm a 60-year-old gay man. I don't actually go around dwelling on the comparative hotnesses of young actresses, let alone writing about that." He also pointed out that the film's distributors had asked permission to use "multiple pullquotes" from the largely positive piece in their marketing when it first appeared in January 2020, and that it had been openly available for a year before any controversy. See more »

Goofs

Carey Mulligan has a noticeable and distinct mole on the left side of her face, next to her lips. Around the 1 hour 5 minute mark, when Mulligan's and Burnham's characters get back together in the coffee shop, it is apparent that the image is reversed, as the mole now appears on the right side of her face. See more »

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Madison: Never fucking contact me again.
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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 »

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References Sudden Impact (1983) See more »

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Pachelbel's Canon
Written by Johann Pachelbel
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Very dark
29 December 2020 | by nsfedyszynSee all my reviews

Darkest film I have seen in a very long time. It stays with you in a very uncomfortable way for days after viewing.

Casting and acting is spot on.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Promising Young Woman See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$719,305, 27 December 2020

Gross USA:

$6,219,385

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,843,385
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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