Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★½

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Nothing much to say on the film itself, which is timely but shoddily plotted ("There was a tape" which the friend has somehow saved all these years later, really? A woman who lives with her parents and works in a coffee shop can access/afford a hitman, really? A college dean defends accused rapists to a total stranger, in this day and age, really?). What's intriguing is the sour, weary vibe - clashing productively with the 90s girly-pop on the soundtrack - though even here it's unclear how self-aware the film is. Its gloss on the rape/revenge template is unusual - viz. that it looks like Cassie is killing men but in fact she's merely educating them - but are we supposed to chide ourselves for expecting Ms. 45-style violence or is the education being equated with revenge? (Surely not.) When it shows a clip of the misogynist Preacher from The Night of the Hunter, is he supposed to represent patriarchy or is his sex-hating moralism actually quite close to Cassie's own sexual disgust? (Surely not; then again, "Dating's horrible".) Lots to chew on, probably more than intended; one of the many 2020 movies that will always say '2020' to future generations, in any case.

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