Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★

"It’s every guy’s worst nightmare, getting accused like that." -Asshole,
"Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?" -Cassie,

- 2020 Ranked: boxd.it/4zdAI

Engaging.

I don't know how you make a dark comedy about this topic work but for me it does for about the first 80% of the film. Promising Young Woman is a great mix of watchable, awkward, and intense. The casting is perfect, with Carey Mulligan deserving most of the attention but Bo Burnham is great in this, really embodying the nice guy persona. It's an intelligent film with tons of interesting stuff to say about gender but it's also often a mess that I feel could be confusing and too cold for audiences. The ending is very iffy for me and undercuts the message of the whole film in ways that were frustrating and disappointing.

Worth seeing.

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