In the dark comedy Promising Young Woman, Cassie (Carey Mulligan) works at a coffee shop by day, and hunts sexual predators by night. She goes to bars, pretends to be falling down drunk and then confronts the men who try to take advantage of her. Cassie is avenging the death of her best friend, who, the movie implies, has died by suicide after being raped at medical school. Writer and director Emerald Fennell says the film was inspired, in part, by the messages other movies send about alcohol and consent. "When I was growing up and I think still probably it's the case now in movies, getting women drunk to sleep with them, filling up their drink more than you'd fill your own, waiting at the end of the night to see who's drunk at the club, girls waking up not knowing who's in bed next to them it was just comedy fodder," Fennell says. "We live in a culture where this sort of stuff is normalized." Fennell got her start in television as an actor, then worked as the showrunner for

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