Promising Young Woman

Director: Emerald Fennell
Year Released: 2020
Rating: 0.0

Medical school dropout Cassandra (Carey Mulligan) - who works at a coffee shop and still lives with her parents - spends her nights pretending to be drunk in the hopes of being "picked up" by scummy men she can torture ... and when that isn't enough, she enacts a plot against those who were involved with the (alleged) rape of her best friend Nina, who committed suicide.  While I can kind of wrap my head around the whole 'guilt manifesting itself as rage' angle, there are smarter, more judicious ways of getting even: what she does to former classmate Madison (Alison Brie), for example, is unquestionably repulsive.  Fennell didn't think too long or hard about this one, and offering this cartoonish depiction of masculinity doesn't help her at all: even the good doctor (Bo Burnham) that you'd think would be a good fit for Cass turns out to be a "rape apologist" whose life is ruined.  I checked the IMDb: why is Valerie Solanas not listed as co-screenwriter?