Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman ★★★½

“Gosh, you're so pretty.”

Honestly, if this had been released in March 2020, it would have been a flash in the pan: gotten some acclaim and the audience would have moved on from it. Since we're in the middle of a pandemic, some people think it might actually be an awards contender.

It's a mainly solid debut from writer/director Emerald Fennell, but it does have its leaky moments. There's the light bulb moment where Cassie (Carey Mulligan) she goes from acting drunk to totally in control; I have seen very few actors do this well. Isabelle Adjani is one (Bon Voyage) and Carole Lombard (Supernatural) might be another.

There are some annoying things:
-Ryan (Bo Burnham) suggesting they go for coffee when they've just had lunch and haven't even finished their Cokes
-Featuring the Paris Hilton song is a crime against humanity
-Nina's mom (Molly Shannon) isn't as tenacious as I would think a mother should be
-Oh, and the whole ending which left me not only in tears but wishing that this film had had a preview audience that had demanded another one

Some nice touches:
-Jelly dripping from Cassie's donut
-Carey Mulligan's reunification with Alfred Molina, the actor who played her father in An Education
-Great costumes and set design
-Dean Walker's (Connie Britton) screaming

Overall, I was so excited to see the movie. I liked it, but my expectations were too high and were not completely met.

Vegan alert:
-Cassie asks Ryan if he wants milk (twice)
-Cassie's dad (Clancy Brown) offers Ryan cheese
-Deer head on wall
-Taxidermied animals

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