There is something oddly relaxing about watching Promising Young Woman, which stars Carey Mulligan as Cassandra, a medical-school dropout turned feminist agent provocateur. By day, she works as a barista and lives a failure-to-launch life amid the pastels of her parents’ suburban spread; by night, she trawls bars and nightclubs, faking inebriation, looking for men who think they’re nice guys but who don’t hesitate to take advantage. Or to try, rather, because at a certain point in the evening — once they have her back in their apartments, once they’ve done something to explicitly cross the line into predation — …
This article appears as “‘Me Too’ Vigilantism” in the February 8, 2021, print edition of National Review.
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