Netflix’s new film “Do Revenge” is about two psychotic females, Drea (Camila Mendes) and Eleanor (Maya Hawke), who band together to conduct revenge on their tormentors.
Drea is a popular student attending Rosehill Country Day High School, but her social status crumbles after her boyfriend Max (Austin Abrams) leaks an intimate video of her. Drea gets a job at a tennis camp over the summer where she meets Eleanor, a new student at Rosehill. The girls quickly become close and devise a plan to get revenge on those who have slighted them. Eleanor plots against Drea’s former clique while Drea volunteers on the campus farm to seek revenge on Carissa, the girl who outed Eleanor as a lesbian and painted her as a predator years earlier.
In a series of scandalous events, the girls manage to tear down their enemies one at a time. While the whole point in seeking revenge was to feel better, Drea spirals after being rejected from her dream school, Yale. Eleanor falls into the trap of popularity and friendship with Drea’s old friends, leading to a fallout between the two girls. By the end of the movie, they become friends again and team up one last time to expose Max for leaking Drea’s video.
This movie was a fun twist on a coming-of-age film. It highlights the insanity buried deep within teenage girls and emphasizes the importance in women sticking together and having each other’s backs.
“Do Revenge” is a perfect blend of contemporary pop culture references while maintaining classic teen flick characteristics. The plot is very reminiscent of cult favorites such as “Clueless” and “Mean Girls.” There is also an unpredictable plot twist that will leave viewers shocked. One attribute to this film that deserves recognition is the LGBTQ+ representation. Some films display representation but do it in a way that feels artificial, or they do not include LGBTQ+ characters at all. “Do Revenge” beautifully gives queer women representation in an authentic way too which viewers can connect.
Overall, this comedy based on patriarchal wrongdoings is very lighthearted, and when viewed for entertainment over plot, is a well-rounded movie that is sure to make you laugh and keep you hooked until the end.
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