Promising Young Woman

Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Dark, powerful, mature revenge comedy attacks rape culture.

R 2020 113 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 16 reviews

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age 17+

A Masterpiece

The reason I rate this film for 17+ is not for any sexual content or language, but for one very disturbing scene towards the end of the film. Every family knows their own kid -- so you decide. For me, I was glad that my 18 year-old daughter just happened to leave the room before that point. However, I do highly recommend that every college-bound woman or man watch this film. It's exquisite, unique, clever, heartbreaking, cathartic (at times), and tremendously powerful. I hope it wins every award out there.

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age 15+

A film that keeps you thinking...

Mesmerizing...from beginning to end. Mulligan is very convincing and I was fully invested in her journey and trusted her instincts as she maneuvered the patriarchal spaces that she took on as a vigilante. The film excels in depicting the multi-levels of patriarchy that serve as gatekeepers in multiple ways that permeate people's lives. Parts that are subtle and of course those that are overt. Everyone lives up to the material, strong performance from Molina and Burnham and firm direction of Fennell as she brings all of the components of this complex narrative to its hopeful (within the limits that patriarchy allows) conclusion. Definitely a film that keeps you thinking.

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