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 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 ... 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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Emerald Fennell receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Director, along with Chloé Zhao for Nomadland (2020), marked the first time two women have been nominated in the category in the same year. See more »

Goofs

Cassie's arms flail as if she's struggling, but her legs (which are much stronger and not restrained) barely move. See more »

Quotes

Paul: [laughing] That was humiliating!
Cassandra: Why don't you just fuck off, now OK?
Paul: Wait, are you sober? Oh shit! You're that psycho that Jerry took home.
Cassandra: I don't know what you're talking about.
Paul: You know what, not interested, sweetheart. Why don't you just take crazy somewhere else? You're not even that hot.
Cassandra: You're hardly dropping panties yourself, Paul. When was the last time you scored in daylight?
Paul: [threateningly] Careful.
Cassandra: [advancing on him] No, you be careful. I'm not the only one who does this. And some of the ...
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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 »


Soundtracks

Lullaby
From the MGM film The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Written by Walter Schumann
Performed by Kitty White
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
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Absolutely incredible
20 June 2021 | by nina-364-807593See all my reviews

Like a grown up Hard Candy or Teeth. Holds nothing back. Beautiful film, love the soundtrack, colors, twists, all of it. This is a dark comedy thriller, not for the faint of heart, or people who can't handle a reflection of the most privileged and dirty parts of our society. It's likely and unsurprising this movie will get a lot of hate. It focuses so much on women, realistic experiences we all have, and how the world handles straight, white, well off men. I mean, the Dean at one point basically quotes part of what the judge for Brock Turner said at his sentencing. Doesn't get more realistic than that.

If you are concerned about all the low rated reviews, think about how this movie skewers the privilege of men. Then think about who those low ratings came from, how uncomfortable they are to see a mirror held up to their actions. Of course they gave it a low review!


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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:

$6,460,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,322,965
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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