PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN
Director: Emerald Fennell
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Laverne Cox, Alison Brie, Adam Brody, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Carey Mulligan gives one of the sharpest performances of the year in Promising Young Woman. It may just be her best performance to date as well. Mulligan stars as Cassie, promising young woman who knows exactly how to play the men who try to take advantage of her. I debated if the opening scene needed a trigger warning as it involves a date rape involving Cassie. Just when you think the movie is going too far, writer/director Emerald Fennell throws in a curveball showing Cassie to be in complete charge of any situation. Her latest victim is another line item in a little notebook of crossed out names and tallies of Cassie’s victims. As the film evolves, we learn Cassie suffers PTSD from a college incident. Her trust in men and relationships changes when she meets Ryan, a goofy pediatric doctor played by Bo Burnham.
Here’s my review