Promising Young Woman: Emerald Fennell wrote, produced, and directed the 2020 black comedic thriller Promising Young Woman (in her feature directorial debut).
Promising Young Woman: Carey Mulligan plays a vigilante seeking vengeance for the death of her closest friend, who was a rape victim, in the film. Supporting cast members include Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, and Connie Britton.
On January 25, 2020, Promising Young Woman had its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and Focus Features distributed it theatrically in the United States on December 25, 2020. Critics praised the writing, direction, and Mulligan’s performance, and it garnered favorable reviews.
Promising Young Woman did well-received by experts, who praised the writing, director, and Mulligan’s performance and grossed $15 million global. About the 93rd Academy Honors, the movie received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Mulligan), and Best Film Editing. In addition, at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Writers’ Guild Awards, and British Academy Film Awards, Fennell won Best Original Screenplay.
Cassie Thomas, a 30-year-old medical school dropout, works at a coffee shop and lives with her parents. Years before, her classmate Al Monroe raped her best friend and fellow student, Nina Fisher, resulting in Nina’s presumed suicide; there was no school investigation or legal penalties. So Cassie now spends her nights simulating inebriation in clubs and bars, inviting guys to take her to their houses and then revealing her sobriety when they try to use her.
Promising Young Woman Cassie goes on a date with Ryan Cooper, a former classmate who informs her that Al is getting married. She devises a strategy to seek vengeance on Al and others who helped him get away with the rape. Madison McPhee, a former classmate, and friend, appears and continues to deny Nina was raped. Cassie gets Madison wasted and hires a driver to take her to a hotel room. Madison leaves multiple anguished voicemails for Cassie, who does not answer them since she has no recollection of what transpired.