Magazine February 8, 2021, Issue

Promising Young Woman’s Fantastical ‘Me Too’ Vigilantism

Carey Mulligan in Promising Young Woman (2019 Focus Features)

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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