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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Release date: Apr 17, 2020

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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....

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  • 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…

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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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