Within the new Netflix black comedy movie Do Revenge, Eleanor (Maya Hawke) declares herself “a disciple of the ’90s teen film,” and the identical could possibly be stated for director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who considers these highschool motion pictures “a part of her DNA as an individual.” Do Revenge has all of the hallmarks of a highschool chick flick: the nerdy new woman undergoes a makeover montage, solely to expertise Shakespearean-like backstabbing and betrayal.
Do Revenge feels each timeless and unapologetically Gen Z. Whereas it pays homage, each aesthetically and tonally, to iconic teen motion pictures from the 90s and early 2000s, the humor is recent and undeniably 2022. Relating to Easter eggs, Do Revenge is drowning in them.
‘Imply Ladies’ (2004)
Virtually each up to date highschool film pays homage to Imply Ladies and Do Revenge is not any exception. Drea (Camilla Mendes) appears like a mixture of Regina George and Janis Ian, whereas Eleanor’s newfound reputation within the identify of revenge mirrors Cady Heron’s journey. When Drea causes chaos within the corridors after leaking Max’s texts, it’s a direct reference to Regina within the aftermath of printing out pages from the Burn E book.
Do Revenge is satirically self-aware. When Gabbi provides a tour of the varsity, Eleanor responds: “I imply, as a disciple of the ‘90s teen film, I’d be offended if I didn’t get one.” Very similar to the “Artwork Freaks” and “Sexually Energetic Band Geeks” in Imply Ladies, Rosehill is cut up into the “Instagram Witches” and the “Theater Children.”
When Drea visits Carissa at rehab, she performs croquet on the garden, an apparent reference to Heathers‘ iconic imagery. The imply woman clique in Do Revenge (Tara, Meghan, and Montana) is clearly indebted to the enduring trio of Heathers (Duke, McNamara, and Chandler) from the 1988 cult basic.
The dialogue from Do Revenge can be harking back to Heathers. Drea calling Carissa a “human Birkenstock” and crowning Eleanor’s new aesthetic as “high-status c***” might have simply as simply been uttered by Veronica Sawyer or Heather Chandler. “I’m sorry, Schoolhouse Rock! Are you dragging my sentence construction proper now?” is the Gen Z model of “F*** me gently with a chainsaw. Do I appear like Mom Teresa?”
Do Revenge’s costume division was clearly impressed by Clueless. The preppy uniforms, full with plaid skirts and pastel berets, are straight from Cher Horowitz’s wardrobe. Her head-to-toe yellow plaid outfit wouldn’t look misplaced in Rosehill. Cher’s iconic pink fluffy pen additionally makes a quick look.
What highschool film is full with out a stellar soundtrack? Do Revenge has a mixture of fashionable songs (together with that “brutal” by Olivia Rodrigo needle drop) and golden oldies. Kim Wilde’s “Children in America” performs when Drea and Eleanor are drugging the opposite college students, a nod to the opening scene of Clueless. Lastly, a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Easter egg is Rosehill’s Horowitz Corridor, in honor of Cher’s final identify.
Whereas the usage of Drea and Eleanor’s voiceovers in Do Revenge could make viewers consider Cher in Clueless, Robinson revealed that it really got here from the 1999 political satire Election, which makes use of 4 totally different factors of view to inform a narrative stuffed with twists and turns.
Essentially the most memorable line in Do Revenge—“Narcissists are too busy excited about themselves to understand they’re being performed…”—pays tribute to Election’s narcissistic instructor who, very similar to Drea, believes that he’s the one pulling all of the strings. Jim McAllister’s and Drea’s worlds finally disintegrate once they aren’t paying shut sufficient consideration.
‘10 Issues I Hate About You’ (1999)
When Drea and Russ lower class to throw paint round an artwork studio, it’s clearly a reference to Patrick Verona and Kat Stratford’s paintball date, the place they share their first kiss in 10 Issues I Hate About You. Russ’ whole character—a leather-jacket-wearing, motorcycle-driving love curiosity with a candy smile—is harking back to Patrick. Everybody loves a foul boy with a comfortable aspect.
Very similar to Imply Ladies and Clueless, 10 Issues I Hate About You additionally has a college tour scene that impressed Do Revenge. It’s a staple of the highschool film, in any case. From the “Espresso Children” to the “Cowboys,” each fictional highschool has its cliques.
‘Romy and Michele’s Excessive College Reunion’ (1997)
Lots of the outfits in Do Revenge, together with Drea and Eleanor’s blue and pink get together attire, might have been borrowed from Romy and Michele’s wardrobe. Though the movie’s costume designer revealed that Drea’s commencement get together outfit was impressed by supermodel Cara Bruni’s 1995 Versace metallic blue robe, the candy-colored ’90s teenage woman trend in Do Revenge is unquestionably giving main Romy and Michele vibes.
“We positively talked about Romy and Michele quite a bit,” Robinson informed Tudum. “I wasn’t immediately impressed by Romy and Michele, however that was a film we spoke about quite a bit when it comes to discovering the visible language and the vibes for the costumes. That was an enormous touchstone for us.”
Each posh non-public college comes with a fountain. It’s like a rule of highschool chick flicks. Very similar to the favored youngsters in Scream, the imply woman clique in Do Revenge can typically be seen sitting by the fountain, wanting flawless and gossiping.
The fountain in Do Revenge was really constructed particularly for the movie. “The fountain within the heart of Rosehill doesn’t exist within the location,” Robinson revealed to Vainness Truthful. “We constructed that. And it’s an homage to Scream. Clearly, Do Revenge shouldn’t be a slasher, however tonally it is one thing that I went to quite a bit.” Though Do Revenge shouldn’t be technically a horror, is there something scarier than a teenage woman hellbent on revenge?
No highschool film is full with out a makeover montage. From Imply Ladies to Clueless to She’s All That, Do Revenge had loads of materials to work with. Nevertheless, Eleanor’s makeover was closely impressed by the transformation of Fern Mayo within the 1999 film Jawbreaker. “There’s positively some Fern Mayo power in Eleanor,” Robinson informed Tudum, proper right down to the blonde hair.
One other Easter egg is the automobile license plate that pulls as much as Drea’s birthday celebration within the opening scene of Do Revenge. It reads “DUMBICH” and is kind of clearly a nod to Fern/Vylette’s “B*TCH” license plate in Jawbreaker.
‘Merciless Intentions’ (1999)
Do Revenge’s most evident affect is unquestionably Merciless Intentions. Gabbi will be seen studying Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the novel on which the movie relies, whereas a quote from the e-book is printed on the classroom wall. When Drea and Eleanor drive off collectively, singing “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, it’s fairly clearly a nod to Annette driving off alone on the finish of Merciless Intentions.
Maybe most significantly, Sarah Michelle Geller, the unique 90s “It Lady” and star of Merciless Intentions, makes a comeback because the headmaster of Rosehill. “[I] actually thought of Kathryn from Merciless Intentions, like, if she was the headmaster of the varsity, what recommendation would she give?” Robinson informed IndieWire.
BONUS: ‘popularity’ (2017) by Taylor Swift
Whereas not technically an iconic film, Robinson revealed to E! Information that she was influenced by Taylor Swift’s sixth studio album. With themes of vindication and ostracism, there’s particular “snake emoji power” in popularity and Do Revenge. Eleanor even references “Look What You Made Me Do” when she says, “the previous Eleanor can’t come to the telephone proper now… ‘trigger she’s useless!”
The pastel-colored college uniforms are additionally giving Lover, though Robinson revealed that wasn’t intentional. Nevertheless, Taylor Swift herself disclosed that “Loss of life By a Thousand Cuts” was impressed by Robinson’s earlier missionSomebody Nice. With Este Haim on the rating and Maya Hawke’s Girls in Music Pt. III shirt, the Taylor Swift Cinematic Universe is ever increasing.
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