by Rob DiCristino
A young man sits alone. His heart is racing. He’s made a terrible mistake, and he’s not sure what to do next. He was having a good night, he thought, but he lost control. He went a little too far. He didn’t mean anything by it; he just got a little carried away. That’s all it was. He was entitled to a good time, after all, but now things have blown up in his face. Now there will be questions. He’ll have to justify the things he did and explain why he can’t be held responsible for what happened in the heat of a confusing moment. He’ll barter and bargain and obfuscate, insisting that he shouldn’t be robbed of a bright and productive future just because he made the wrong choice this one time. Everyone has made one wrong choice, right? Yes, people get hurt. They even die. And that is tragic. No one is arguing with that. He should absolutely feel guilty for what he’s done and promise to never do it again. It’s a learning moment, really, and he’s confident that he’ll be a better person if we all just forget about this and move on. Can’t we all just move on?
A lot of people will, but not Cassie (Carey Mulligan). Cassie won’t forgive or forget. She’ll always remember what those people did to her friend Nina in that college dorm room. That they watched and laughed. That they filmed it. She’ll always remember that no one believed her friend afterward, that the whole thing was turned into a “He said/she said” affair and swept under the rug. Nina shouldn’t have gotten so drunk, they told her. She should know that these things can happen. Now she’s gone, and Cassie’s a dropout working in Gail’s (Laverne Cox) coffee shop. Well, by day, anyway. By night, she straddles the bar at the hottest nightclubs, feigning intoxication and waiting to pounce on whichever would-be date rapist is bold enough to take the drunk girl home. It’s noble work, but Cassie’s parents (Jennifer Coolidge and Clancy Brown) worry that their daughter is living in the past. When handsome doctor Ryan (Bo Burnham) enters the picture, they hope Cassie will finally move on. Cassie soon discovers, however, that he may be the key to her ultimate revenge.
Promising Young Woman hits theaters on December 25th.