Review Of Do Revenge: ‘A Simple Favor’ Turns Vengefully Friendly in this ’90s Throwback Fest
Do Revenge, which was directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson and came out on Netflix on September 16, 2022, is a new movie that Gen Z will like. Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke shine as the bewitching “revenge mommies” in this story about revenge by teenagers. The movie is billed as a “noir comedy.”
Mendes’s character Drea has a “perfectly curated” life in high school, which puts her on the map as a prized member of the It group at their private school. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Max (Austin Abrams) shows the school her naked video. When asked about the leak, he says he didn’t do it. Drea then punches him in the face. This punch is what makes the fake “woke ally” and his high status in school pull Drea’s “friends” to his side, leaving her alone and dealing with the trauma of having her social life cut off.
After that very public act of aggression, Drea is punished, which brings her closer to Maya Hawke’s character Eleanor, who was also wronged by a girl when they were younger and at camp. In the end, the two form a likely alliance that later turns into an unlikely friendship. They did this to get revenge in each other’s names, but it also led to a friendship they never would have expected.
The official synopsis for the movie on Netflix says:
In this dark, glitzy comedy, two teens at an elite private high school work together to get rid of each other’s enemies.
Do Revenge is a lot more colorful than one of Netflix’s other new movies, Heartbreak High, but it has a similar style. As always, the music by Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo brings this teen movie full circle. At this point, you can’t get a full picture of a teen’s path to revenge without reading Rodrigo’s Brutal.
There are references to both newer and older works in the same genre that help build up Do Revenge’s plan. Mendes’s character is a lot like Euphoria’s Maddy Perez. Like Perez, Mendes’s character is a woman of color who isn’t the typical rich high school queen. You can also point out how much it’s like movies like Heathers and Mean Girls. The 1995 Clueless vision by Alicia Silverstone is also used in Hawke’s makeover montage of the new girl who is socially awkward. This was done by the girl who used to be the social queen.
By bringing up these archetypal titles, the point is to show that the new Netflix movie tends to follow a lot of key elements of this genre, like adding romantic subplots even though they aren’t wanted. There is a clear social hierarchy in high school, with different groups called “cliques” and the less popular kids eating up the popular kids. Abrams’s It boy takes the place of the well-known It girl, which is one major difference. This move tends to put the focus on the movie’s limiting sisterhood, which works in an odd way for only the main characters.
The pastel uniforms are a big reason why the movie has a nice look. But the director plays around with it a bit. Blake Lively adds a Simple Favor-like twist to the movie, which may or may not have been predictable but, at least in the teenage sense, is very Hitchcockian after the first half. Even though it might not be a foreshadowing, the change in color of Mendes’ uniform is very important to the story. Her first outfit, which was all green and focused on revenge, stands in contrast to Hawke’s character, who wears a delicate lilac outfit. The director did a very smart and quick thing when she decided to switch these color themes at the end.
Back to how the movie is set up, there aren’t many adults on screen, but there are a lot of teenagers. The Mean Spirits Sarah Michelle Gellar is the only one who looks back to movies from the 1990s. Even though the actors who play the other characters are great, they are just pawns in the game of the main characters and the plot of the movie. You might think that the famous Sophie Turner also has a role in the movie. Her presence seems like something that has to be there and doesn’t make sense. No one is important enough or has anything to add to Mendes and Hawke’s partnership besides being fillers.
Lastly, there are the love stories. They are the thing in the movie that no one wants. Even with all the extras, the romantic resolution at the end falls back on the common idea of a happy ending in the 1990s and 2000s, which is that the main characters find their better (romantic) halves.
Should You Watch Revenge?
Some of the biggest things about Do Revenge that don’t seem to work are the social commentary on “fake wokeness,” which feels like an afterthought in the movie, and Abrams’ antagonist, who doesn’t seem to get enough attention. Throughout the whole movie, the two main characters plan how they will get back at him, but when they do, it doesn’t feel like enough. There isn’t a main bad guy, but maybe that’s the point in a teenage world where no one is black and white and you can’t find either a true friend or a bigger-than-life enemy.
In the end, the ending is as satisfying as it should be, at least for Mendes and Hawke’s joint revenge party. The performances of Camila Mendes and Maya Hawke are the other reason you should see this movie, besides the fact that it’s a fun trip down memory lane. Their energies bounce off each other and explode onscreen, which makes the trip even more exciting to look at. So, I think you should watch it just for them. If you pay attention to these “two wounded soldiers on the battlefield of adolescence” and their faux-Shakespearean monologues, the movie will do its magic on you. Crazy friends who are soulmates for the win.
You can now watch Do Revenge on Netflix.
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