Actor and ‘Killing Eve’ writer Emerald Fennell’s directorial debut is blackly funny, deeply uncomfortable and angry as hell. No wonder it’s one of the most talked about films of the past year.
Carey Mulligan is Cassie Thomas, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her parents. By day she works in a café. At night, she goes to bars and clubs and gets black-out, staggeringly drunk. Inevitably, some nice guy – The O.C.’s Adam Brody at one point, Christopher “McLovin’” Mintz-Plasse at another – “nobly” helps her home and tries to take advantage of her, when they inevitably learn that a) she’s not drunk, b) she’s very angry, and c) she’s not messing around.
Co-starring Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Max Greenfield, Clancy Brown, Alfred Molina, and Jennifer Coolidge, Promising Young Woman is a revenge thriller, a black comedy, a character study, an indictment of rape culture and a guttural scream of rage all at once.
It comes to us from debut feature writer and director Emerald Fennell, a familiar face from her acting in Call the Midwife and The Crown, and a rising star creator thanks to her turn as head writer and executive producer on Killing Eve. With Promising Young Woman already being one of the most talked about films of the year, she joined us to talk about it.