Possibly my favorite film of the year. As of the time of writing this.
Promising Young Woman is a, never mind. I’m not going to tell what it’s about. That would have to include spoilers. But it’s powerful and has a great current message.
(SPILER CONTENT AT THE WAY BOTTOM)
All of the mature content practically involves spoilers. So I’ll just sum it up. Violence is not super graphic. Nothing alarm raising is shown. The bulk of the violence is the constant menace of something bad. From the get-go you will have an idea of exactly what I mean. The sexual content does not include nudity, but there are sexual encounters, and a heavy theme is sexual assault. So expect consensual and non-consensual kissing, and undressing. No sex act shown. It’s just the lead up. (It’s so hard not to spoil. But it will most likely be upsetting.) I can’t really describe it. It’s mostly PG-13 stuff. Mostly. The sexual references are pretty graphic too. Various sexual acts are mentioned, not really in detail, but it’s uncomfortable. Some vulgar jokes and stuff too.
The rest is pretty easy. For language, F**k is used probably about 50 times. Maybe once or twice with mother before it. C**t is used about twice. Everything else is used fairly commonly too. Drug use comes into play, graphically, from what I can remember, once. A man snorts cocaine and tries to get someone else to do it. Characters get drunk, visibly, too.
Messages are powerful, but I wouldn’t say positive. Role models either.
The story follows a woman on her quest for revenge for her friend, who was raped, and nothing was done about it. It’s a quite upsetting storyline, and she goes to great extents to teach people a lesson. She pretends to get drunk at bars, goes home with these guys, and threatens them. Nothing very violent is shown, in fact, you barely know what happens to these people. The only particularly violent scene is a scene in which a girl is strangled, then her corpse is burned, mostly offscreen. The voice recording for the rape is heard, but nothing is shown, and nothing particularly graphic is heard, either. The worst of the content is simply the menace and emotional toll on our characters.
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking