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Promising Young Woman (2020)

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Releases December 25, 2020
A young woman, traumatized by a tragic event in her past, seeks out vengeance against those who cross her path.


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Emerald Fennell
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carey Mulligan ... Cassandra Thomas
Bo Burnham ... Ryan
Laverne Cox ... Gail
Clancy Brown ... Stanley Thomas
Jennifer Coolidge ... Susan
Alison Brie ... Madison
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Neil
Molly Shannon ... Mrs. Fisher
Angela Zhou ... Todd
Sam Richardson ... Paul
Connie Britton ... Dean Walker
Steve Monroe ... Detective Lincoln Walker
Casey Adams ... George
Francisca Estevez ... Amber
Timothy E. Goodwin ... Monty


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

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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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Alison Brie and Adam Brody both starred in Scream 4 (2011). See more »


Written by Cathy Dennis, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg and Henry Jonback
Performed by Archimia.
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User Reviews

This movie serves a much needed purpose and entertains at the same time
23 October 2020 | by santanahhSee all my reviews

This film definitely did not have the ending that everyone is expecting. It's not the type of ending you'd expect in any film about assault, rape, murder, etc. This movie was made to be entertaining but also very BLUNT to get an important message across. When you see this in theaters, you'll leave with a sense of disappointment in the ending (but not with the film).

The disappointment in the ending however, directly correlates to the thought of "I wish that would've ended differently" that crosses through victims' minds after being raped or assaulted. Going home drunk with "a guy from the bar" or even being alone with a longtime friend shouldn't result in rape or being taken advantage of - but often does. The thought of "i wish that would've ended differently" definitely echos in that same sentiment.

Promising Young Woman challenges the idea of what a "good guy" actually is. PYW attacks the idea of there being a "gray area" in regards to placing someone at fault.

The cinematography is beautiful and purposeful. Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, & Laverne Cox all did an excellent job at acting through such important roles. This movie is triggering, healing, and educational. Please go see it.

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Release Date:

25 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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