The Grand Audacity of Filthy Thieves
“Can you guess what every woman’s worst nightmare is?”
Emerald Fennell, the British screenwriter and director of Promising Young Woman could have easily titled her genius debut this. But in a similar vein, she took perverse inspiration from convicted sex offender Brock Turner’s alternate label as a “promising young man,” and applied it to one of the most satisfying and mind-inhabiting films of 2020. Filthy thieves attend Stanford, too.
In Fennell’s framed space, the…