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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
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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


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


Take her home and take your chances. 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 »

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Chris Lowell and Max Greenfield both starred in Veronica Mars (2004). See more »


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 »


Jordan: You know, I got a bonus for every settlement out of court. I got another bonus for every charge dropped. We all did. There was a guy... his only job was to go through all their social media accounts for any compromising information. He contacted old friends, past sexual partners. Oh, you'd be amazed how much easier it is now with the internet to dig up dirt. In the old days we used to go through a girl's trash. Now? One drunk photo at a party. Oh, you wouldn't believe how hostile that makes a ...
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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 »


Prelude and Liebestod
Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra), Bernard Haitink
Courtesy of Universal International Music B.V. under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Promising Young Woman 2020 Review
26 March 2021 | by chandean-69762See all my reviews

After sitting with this for awhile, I feel like this films tone is conflicting, that combined with a jarring ending can leave some with a sour watch. However, the acting, score, story, and cinematography are such strong highlights I feel liked this film has a very offset balancing point and therefore makes this a polarizing watch.

Carey Mulligan as Cassandra was absolutely electrifying on screen and I adored her character. Even Bo Burnham surprised me with how charming his character was.

This film is really stylized and beautifully colored with some appealing, sometimes symmetrical, cinematography that was very pleasing to the eyes.

The story was gripping through and through, it kept me questioning certain motives / events as the film progressed especially with a lead character like Cassandra who's very complicated and has her own motives.

The ending of this film for me was very conflicting however. I kind of felt like I knew where it was going ... and then it turned ... and then it turned again. I still don't know how to feel about the last 15 minutes.

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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

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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