Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★

More or less reinterprets the rape revenge genre as an affected indie comedy with a pleasing, pastel visual aesthetic. Unfortunately, the plot doesn't hold up under much scrutiny, and the filmmakers seem generally uninterested in examining the main character's destructive behavior. I get the sense the ending is supposed to feel like a victory (complete with ill-considered winky face emoji), but I found it a dismal reversal that sends the viewer out on a bum note.

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