Promising Young Woman – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 53 minutes
One night a week, Cassie goes to a club and pretends to be falling-down drunk. She waits for a guy to pick her up, take her home, and try to rape her. Before the assault, Cassie tells the guys, ‘I’m sober, and I could hurt you.’ While she is not crazy, plenty of women who do this are. Cassie works as a barista, and her boss and friend, Gayle, wants her to do more with her life. Cassie’s parents agree, and that’s why they gave her luggage as a 30th birthday gift. At work, a man recognizes her from college. His name is Ryan, and he’s a pediatric surgeon. They were both pre-med at Forrester University until Cassie dropped out. Ryan wants to know why, but Cassie won’t divulge. As they talk, he mentions he still talks to their old classmates, including Al Monroe. That name makes Cassie extremely curious and angry because she thought Al was in London. Ryan explains Al is back in town to get married, and he became an anesthesiologist after college. She goes home and looks up Al and several other people, and then creates a Kill Bill worthy revenge list (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). And she does it all for Nina.
It doesn’t take much to figure out who Nina is and what happened to her. So, the plot doesn’t take the time to explain that. It follows Cassie’s path of rage as she plays pied piper to so-called nice guys. But her point isn’t to murder, but to teach and warn them. She wants to teach them that they aren’t the men they think they are and to make them do better. As she opens her notepad, you see a long list of guys. But she never has a real plan until she hears Al’s name. She goes from devious to cunning. She doesn’t only go after the man who attacked Nina, but Cassie goes after the ones who let him get away with it. And once she gets to Al, she has so much more planned for him, and you will love it.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
I guess it feels different when it’s someone you love – Cassie
I will stop asking when he stops killing children – Gayle
One coffee, hold the spit – Ryan