Movie Review: Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Women

Promising Young Woman opens in theaters Christmas Day. Hopefully, theaters will be opened back up in Michigan by then!

What I thought of Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman was a movie for the times, I’ll give it that. Following the Me Too movement, it does a pretty solid job displaying rape culture some of the experiences women go through with men.

For the first 15 minutes, it was a little hard to get into but after that, it started to have more of a storyline. However, it was kind of unpleasant, sad, and frustrating to be honest.

There was a lot of very suspenseful music which was just kind of awkward at times where it was a bit unnecessary—trying to be suspenseful when really it was just uncomfortable. The main character was a sociopath, which made it more intense and intriguing I suppose, but on the other hand, it was kind of distasteful. Psycho girls out for revenge like that just doesn’t sit right with me.

One of the last scenes left me just completely speechless that it went that far. Then again, I’m not surprised, but I am also still kind of confused.

I appreciate the kind of message it’s trying to give, but I think it’s a little too much for my liking. It would have been better if the main character wasn’t crazy and was more of a straightforward “normal” person, but I guess that was half the point of the movie. I think I was just left frustrated. I don’t think I’ll ever watch it again.

Would also like to note that I guess her sociopathic ways show what regret, grief, and/or trauma can do to someone.


From visionary director Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) comes a delicious new take on revenge. Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future.  But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night.  Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past in this thrilling and wildly entertaining story.  

Premiering to huge acclaim in Sundance earlier this year, PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN is directed and written by Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve) and stars Academy Award®-nominee Carey Mulligan and Bo Burnham along with an ensemble cast that includes Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chris Lowell, Sam Richardson, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown.  Fennell produced along with Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap Entertainment and Ben Browning and Ashley Fox for FilmNation Entertainment.  

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