by Finley Janes and Lily Sarosi

Content Warning: Discussion on r*pe, violence against women, victim blaming, suicide, murder, and many many spoilers.

Promising Young Woman (2020), directed by Emerald Fennell, is advertised as a punchy, feminist revenge thriller that promises its audience a modern re-imagining of the contentious rape revenge genre. The film fulfills on-trend 2020 algorithms, complete with a bright pastel color scheme, ironic songs from 2010, a Black trans best friend, and a vaguely feminist plot. What it fails to fulfill is the dire cultural need for movies that actually reflect the experiences of sexual assault survivors.

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