Promising Young Woman

2020

Promising Young Woman

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A boldly provocative, timely thriller, Promising Young Woman is an auspicious feature debut for writer-director Emerald Fennell -- and a career highlight for Carey Mulligan.

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Everyone said Cassie (Carey Mulligan) was a promising young woman... until a tragic event abruptly derailed her future. Now she's a medical school drop-out, living at home with her worried parents and working at a coffee shop with a concerned boss (Laverne Cox). It seems like she is at a standstill, except for the double life Cassie leads at night....

Cast

Carey Mulligan
as Cassandra Thomas
Clancy Brown
as Stanley Thomas
Alison Brie
as Madison
Molly Shannon
as Mrs. Fisher
Connie Britton
as Dean Walker
Steve Monroe
as Detective Lincoln Walker
Jenelle McKee
as Bridesmaid
Scott Aschenbrenner
as Rest of cast listed alphabetically:Cafe Creeper
Slim Khezri
as Actor (uncredited)
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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (1)

  • When [Emerald] Fennell finally arrives at her inevitable conclusion, you will be caught off-guard by her narrative dexterity as well as just how much badly-behaved white boys can all resemble versions of a young Brett Kavanaugh.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This is the Mulligan show, though, and she proves every bit at home with humour as she is with serious drama.

    February 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Promising Young Woman stops short of a truly radical ending, but only just.

    January 28, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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  • Fennell's film is a vibrant, stylistically precise piece of work, but the sentiments it conveys don't feel examined. It's an acceleration off a cliff when what you'd really like to see is some kind of road forward, no matter how rough.

    January 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Actress-turned-writer-director Emerald Fennell swings for the fences with an unapologetically bold thriller rooted in the conversations about #MeToo, consent and slut-shaming

    January 28, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Promising Young Woman is as confident as its protagonist, a film that's willing to be a little messy and inconsistent.

    January 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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