“Every week, I go to a club. I act like I’m too drunk to stand. And every week, a nice guy comes over to see if I’m okay,” Carey Mulligan says in the trailer of her upcoming film “Promising Young Woman.”
The movie is directed by “Killing Eve” showrunner Emerald Fennell. Mulligan plays Cassie, a medical school dropout who now works as a barista. She also has a mysterious double life at bars on weekends where she pretends to be drunk to bait yet another “nice guy” who is more than willing to take her home only to take advantage of her. A violin rendition of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” plays in the background, making the revenge movie more eerie and interesting.
Then rolls clips of her meeting different men, all with nice guises, in her pseudo drunk state. As soon as they bring her home and start harassing her, Cassie “sobers up” and confronts them, after which she adds a stick in her tally for a reason we have yet to find out.
The trailer hints at an interesting backstory from when Cassie was still in medical school, which may have caused her to drop out. It insinuates that she, or perhaps a person close to her, was a victim of sexual assault—an incident her friends and university administrators overlooked.
The lines from the movie characters in the trailer are statements many women know all too well, like: “They put themselves in danger, girls like that,” “I’m not the only one who didn’t believe it,” “Why do you guys have to ruin everything?” and “We were kids.”
The trailer ends with Cassie speaking to someone in a sexy nurse costume, saying, “I wanted to be a doctor my whole life. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I might wanna get back into it,” as she opens her emergency kit to bring out a scalpel.
While there is still so much we don’t know about the plot, “Promising Young Woman” hits so close to home to many of us. So much so that we can’t wait to watch it once it comes out on Apr. 17, 2020.
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