Do Revenge is a 2022 American teen black comedy film directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who co-wrote the screenplay alongside Celeste Ballard. It stars Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Austin Abrams, Rish Shah, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, and is loosely inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951). It was released on Netflix on September 16, 2022, and received generally positive reviews from critics.

Do Revenge
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Official release poster
Directed byJennifer Kaytin Robinson
Written by
  • Celeste Ballard
  • Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Produced by
  • Anthony Bregman
  • Peter Cron
  • Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Starring
CinematographyBrian Burgoyne
Edited by
  • David Clark
  • Lori Ball
Music by
Production
company
Distributed byNetflix
Release date
  • September 16, 2022 (2022-09-16)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million[1]

PlotEdit

Drea is a popular student attending Rosehill Country Day High School in Miami on scholarship, but becomes a social outcast after an intimate video she sent to her equally popular boyfriend Max is leaked online. Despite his denial, Drea blames Max for the video's release, and they break up. Over the summer, Drea works at a tennis camp where she meets Eleanor, who is transferring to Rosehill as a senior. After Drea's car fails to start, Eleanor offers her a ride and tells her about also becoming an outcast when a false rumor spread that she forcibly kissed Carissa, another Rosehill student, at a summer camp years earlier.

When Drea and Eleanor realize they will not get justice on their own, they devise a plan to exact revenge on the other's rival: Drea on Carissa and Eleanor on Max. Following a makeover, Eleanor slowly infiltrates Drea's old clique while Drea tries to get close to Carissa by working at the school farm, also befriending Russ, a fellow student and Carissa's friend. Eleanor is invited to a pool party thrown by Max, where she discovers he is cheating on his new girlfriend, Tara. Drea runs into Carissa at the beach with Russ, and steals her keys, granting access to the farm's locked greenhouse full of marijuana and magic mushrooms.

At the school's Senior Ring Ceremony, Drea places the drugs found at the secret greenhouse in their classmates' dinner with the intention of stealing Max's phone to obtain evidence of his wrongdoings. She also anonymously tips off the school's headmaster about the greenhouse, getting Carissa expelled. While searching through Max's messages, Drea and Eleanor find photos and messages from other girls at school stretching back years.

At the Valentine's Day assembly, Eleanor sends Max's texts to the entire student body, but the plan fails when Max and Tara pretend to be a polyamorous couple. Drea spirals after getting rejected from her dream school, Yale University, and concocts a new plan to destroy Max and her popular former friends at the upcoming Admissions Party, which can only be attended by those accepted by Ivy League schools. Eleanor begins to accept her new popularity and Drea's old friends, beginning a relationship with Max's younger sister Gabbi. When Max and his friends surprise Eleanor for her birthday, Drea crashes the party and nearly jeopardizes their revenge scheme. The two fight and go their separate ways after Eleanor asserts that there is no evidence that Max leaked Drea's video. Gabbi overhears this and breaks up with Eleanor for taking Max's side.

Drea seeks dirt on Eleanor and visits Carissa at a rehab facility for information. Carissa reveals Eleanor is actually "Nosey" Nora Cutler, a girl Carissa and Drea went to summer camp with. It was Drea who outed Nora and spread the rumor, an event Drea had forgotten, which prompted Eleanor to change her name and undergo a rhinoplasty. Drea confronts Eleanor, who reveals she had been playing Drea all along, aiming to cause Drea the same pain she endured from the rumor. Eleanor threatens to frame Drea's mother for drug possession if she refuses to expose her old friends at the Admissions Party. Later, Eleanor purposefully T-bones Drea's car, sending Drea to the hospital to create an elaborate sob story that permits access to the party.

During the Admissions Party, Drea reveals Eleanor's past as "Nosey Nora" to Max and friends, but immediately regrets it and apologizes to Eleanor for her past actions. Their emotional reconciliation is interrupted when Max reveals he discovered their plot against him. He plans to expose them and confesses to releasing Drea's video, unaware Eleanor is carrying a recording device. Eleanor and Drea project Max's confession to the entire party, turning everyone against him. Max is expelled from Rosehill and his spot at Yale is offered to Drea, who rejects it. She and Eleanor skip graduation and drive off into the sunset.

In a mid-credits scene, Drea apologizes to Russ, Eleanor reconciles with Gabbi, and Max joins a toxic masculinity support group.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

CastingEdit

On October 14, 2020, it was reported that Netflix was developing the film, then titled Strangers. Jennifer Kaytin Robinson co-wrote and directed the film, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train (1951).[4] In November 2020, Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke were reported to star.[5] Additional cast members were announced in early 2021.[6][7][8]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography was scheduled to take place in Los Angeles in early 2021,[9][10] but was changed to Atlanta, Georgia, and Miami, Florida, with the story taking place in Miami following a rewrite.[11][12] Filming initially wrapped in August 2021[13] with later stages of production occurring in August 2022.[12] Much of the filming took place at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia.

ReleaseEdit

The film was released on Netflix on September 16, 2022.[14]

ReceptionEdit

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 84% of 75 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The website's consensus reads, "Do Revenge could have used a bit more bite, but Maya Hawke and Camila Mendes make this a sweet dish best served to viewers who understand that high school can be hell."[15] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[16]

Coleman Spilde of The Daily Beast called the film a "generation defining masterpiece", saying that "Once a decade, there comes a high school comedy so stylish, so witty, and so instantly influential that it cannot be topped. Netflix's colorful new romp is that movie."[17] Amy Nicholson of The New York Times gave the film a B and described it as "a playful, sharp-fanged satire that feels like the '90s teen comedy hammered into modern emojis: crown, knife, fire, winky face."[18] Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com gave the film 3 out of 4 stars and said, "The film manages to blend all of its influences into a distinctive movie that is fully committed to its vision of high school as a handsomely costumed, art-directed snake pit filled with sadists who get off on other people's pain and embarrassment."[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Robinson, Jacob (August 9, 2022). "'Do Revenge' Netflix Movie: Release Date, Cast, Trailer and Everything We Know". What’s On Netflix. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Spencer, Ashley (September 14, 2022). "Do Revenge: Paying Homage to Teen Classics by Way of Hitchcock". The New York Times. Retrieved October 18, 2022.
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  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 28, 2021). "Rish Shah To Co-Star In The Netflix Pic Strangers From Someone Great Director". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on April 28, 2021. Retrieved April 28, 2021.
  7. ^ Kanter, Jake (June 24, 2021). "Sophie Turner Joins Jennifer Kaytin Robinson's Netflix Feature Strangers". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  8. ^ Kroll, Justin (June 24, 2021). "Netflix Dark Comedy Strangers Sets Cast With Dash & Lily's Austin Abrams And 13 Reasons Why Star Alisha Boe Among Those Joining Ensemble". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 24, 2021. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  9. ^ Larasati, Dyah (August 10, 2022). "'Do Revenge': Release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Everything We Know So Far". Collider. Retrieved August 12, 2022.
  10. ^ Gillespie, Katherine (April 7, 2021). "Camila Mendes Always Keeps Her Cool". Paper. Archived from the original on April 9, 2021. Retrieved April 9, 2021.
  11. ^ George, Crystal (September 16, 2022). "Where does Do Revenge take place? (Where was Do Revenge filmed?)". NetflixLife. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  12. ^ a b Shrestha, Naman (September 14, 2022). "Where Was Netflix's Do Revenge Filmed?". The Cinemaholic. Retrieved September 17, 2022.
  13. ^ Robinson, Jennifer Kaytin [@jennkaytin] (August 7, 2021). "thank you! and to everyone who is gonna get to watch this batshit masterpiece when it drops on @netflix – you're fucking welcome. that's a wrap, baby. we did revenge". Retrieved August 24, 2021 – via Instagram.
  14. ^ Jones, Tamera (July 20, 2022). "Maya Hawke & Camila Mendes Shine in First Images From Netflix's Do Revenge". Collider. Retrieved July 22, 2022.
  15. ^ "Do Revenge". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 12, 2022.
  16. ^ "Do Revenge". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved September 22, 2022.
  17. ^ Spilde, Coleman (September 16, 2022). "'Do Revenge' Is a Generation-Defining Teen Masterpiece". The Daily Beast. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  18. ^ Nicholson, Amy (September 15, 2022). "'Do Revenge' Review: Strangers on a Text Chain". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2022.
  19. ^ Seitz, Matt Zoller (September 16, 2022). "Do Revenge movie review & film summary (2022)". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved September 18, 2022.

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