Just saw it, think it was super messy and not-very-good.
Big trigger warning, as you may expect, for sexual assault and rape. Also loads of spoilers/details.
So what did Cassie want? Initially she’s working a shit job, living at home, and…scolding men who are trying to take advantage of a drunk woman? The first scenes try to set up a few details about her but it’s very one dimensional. She’s focusing so much on her one weekly man-scolding and putting a single score mark in a notebook that she can’t work towards a career?
Also, the men learnt nothing from being scolded. The guy who Bo Burnham sees her with is like “oh my friend said there’s a crazy girl who pretends to be drunk, lol, that u?” but it has clearly not put him off trying to prey on drunk women either, so what’s the point here? Then she learns that her pal’s attacker is back and getting married and just NOW it occurs to her to target specific people for revenge.
So frustrated watching it because why wasn’t she after them in the first place? Or what if she volunteered at a crisis help line and got information from other victims about like, “I met the guy in bar x” and then go to bar x and look for the predators? If a guy was happy enough to try to rape her, I’m not sure I buy that by being told “hey, that’s not very nice!” wouldn’t sometimes turn violent or physical, in a situation where she’s completely unprotected.
The biggest thing that sat badly with me is that supposedly the film is about the damage that rape and sexual assault does to lives but you can totally use it as a threat on other women, that’s ok. When she lets Alison Brie think she’s been assaulted or the dean think her young teenage daughter is being assaulted, that sat so badly with me. She can weaponise rape on women who don’t agree about how bad rape is, but for men, she lets them grope her and then tells them off. Cassie is more vicious to women than to men. Her biggest revenge idea was distributing the video of her best friend being raped at a party to everyone in Bo Burnham’s phonebook…so distributing the video of the biggest violation of her friend? I think that’s symptomatic of how the film sees women as purely objects, even Cassie does.
The scene after she sees Bo Burnham on the video and she goes and cries in the trees is pretty laughable and feels like a sketch show lampooning self indulgence.
There’s also several different films here: wink to camera, sassy revenge; indie shoe shuffle aimless girl; mad-cap bachelor party gone wrong (Schmidt literally comedy runs away from the wedding!!) ]Think the film didn’t know what it was but knew that because it’s handling a gritty subject that isn’t often done, it was going to hailed as good anyway.
The dialogue (except Bo Burnham) was often quite novel style exposition and didn’t particularly feel real, imo. Made me think this could have been a fun book.
I did think Bo Burnham was great though, supporting cast were amazing, and loved the Stars Are Blind bit. Just feel like it needed a lot more work on the script, and central character.