Fashion, froth and enough teen comedy throwbacks to make any watcher nostalgic, Do Revenge may just be the movie you need in your life right now.
Mean Girls, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, Grease, Scream and Heathers are all inspiration for Netflix’s latest dark teen comedy starring Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke.
In what first appears to be a classic revenge comedy, Drea (Camila Mendes), once the cream of the crop at Rosehill Country Day School, is brought undone by her boyfriend Max (Auston Abrams) when he releases a private intimate video of Drea to the entire school. Ousted from her ‘popular kids’ group, she meets Maya Hawke (teen loner) at tennis camp and the pair plot a cunning plan to get revenge (a la Strangers on a Train) on Drea’s ex Max and the girl who humiliated Eleanor, sending her life on a downward spiral.
However, this film is not all that it seems with some clever twists and turns it will keep you surprised until the very end (Heathers fans will be in for a treat).
Maya and Camila’s comedy duo isn’t the only highlight of the film, with fashion taking a front and centre role, conjuring up a mix of looks that scream Clueless and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. From the Rosehill pastel school uniforms to Eleanor’s yellow shorts, expect to see some of the Do Revenge looks popping up everywhere from the catwalk to Halloween parties this year! (Take special note of Drea’s Admissions Party dress – amazing!).
Also keep an eye out for 90s babe, Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), who plays Rosehill’s principal and a winning five minute performance from Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) who delivers some of the films most outrageous lines.
Cleverly mixing Gen Z sensibility with Gen X references this movie is going to have broad appeal to lovers of the dark teen comedy genre. The music also flits between both gens, with Hole and Fatboy Slim tracks mixing it with Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish hits.
Do revenge isn’t perfect but boy is it good fun, all wrapped up in an aesthetically pleasing package that reminds us why teens going wild under the sparkle of the Californian (or in this case Miami) sun is just so damn appealing to watch.
Steam it now on Netflix.
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