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<em>Promising Young Woman</em>: Law-and-order campaign against the rights of the accused

<em>Promising Young Woman</em>: Law-and-order campaign against the rights of the accused
<em>Promising Young Woman</em> is a slightly fleshed-out polemic against the presumption of innocence and more generally any rights for the accused in sexual assault cases.

In Fennell’s film, Cassie Thomas (Carey Mulligan), a medical school dropout, sets out to prove that every man she encounters is a predator at heart.The apparent source of her dysfunction and depression is the rape of her friend Nina Fisher, another former medical school student.She sets up a medical school colleague Madison (Alison Brie), married with children, having the woman think that in an inebriated state she may have had sex with a stranger.In a pivotal scene, Cassie confronts the dean of the medical school (Connie Britton), who tells her that many such incidents like the one involving Nina occur at the college.

When Ryan (Bo Burnham), also a former medical school classmate and now a pediatric surgeon, enters the picture, it appears that Cassie will turn in her avenging angel wings for a chance at romance.Written and directed by Emerald Fennell Promising Young Woman is the directorial debut of British filmmaker Emerald Fennell—and not a promising one.

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