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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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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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Carey Mulligan, who rose to fame for roles in films like An Education and Drive, has been nominated for her second Oscar for her performance in the dramatic thriller Promising Young Woman. "No Small Parts" takes a look at her versatile acting career.

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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


This Christmas. Plan to make them pay. 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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Did You Know?


The fifth movie starring Jennifer Coolidge to receive at least one Academy Award nomination. It's the second to win. 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 »


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Written by Katie Gavin, Josette Maskin & Naomi McPherson
Performed by MUNA
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Not a movie but a mirror
26 January 2021 | by matrixdukenukemSee all my reviews

Best thing about this movie is, it doesn't try to be clever or something it's not. Or maybe it's Carey Mulligan. Can't decide. It's a straight forward no nonsense revenge thriller that isn't like I spit on your grave or rather Hard Candy (which I expected it to be). It's just a very simple collective of 5 part story told cohesively and many people (on both ends and in middle) will find relatable.

Special mention to the father daughter scene.

Very well written, well shot, directed, scored and acted movie. And yes negative reviews are trying to sound clever but everyone knows they saw themselves in there.

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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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