Do Revenge is an American black comedy film directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who co-starred with Celeste Ballard. Starring Camila Mendes, Maya Hawke, Rish Shah, Sophie Turner, and Austin Abrams. The plot was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s book Strangers on a Train. It premiered on Netflix on September 16, 2022.
Two cohorts of high school students, Drea and Eleanor, have their lives turned upside down and are rejected by their high school. After a top-nude video originally meant only for her boyfriend Max was leaked, Drea is feeling embarrassed. Eleanor becomes an outcast when rumors begin to spread about her holding Carrissa and attempting to kiss her. Drea and Eleanor become friends and agree to go after each other. Now, know about Do Revenge movie.
Do Revenge: Movie Synopsis
“Do Revenge.” Drea and Eleanor come up with a plan to expose Carissa and Max in one fell swoop. After discovering that Carissa is growing mushrooms and marijuana plants in her green room, they take some of them out and add them to the soup to be served at the Senior Ring Ceremony. This causes everyone except Dre and Eleanor to lose their minds.
This gives the girls an opportunity to steal Max’s phone and check on all the girls he’s been cheating with. While Eleanor hacks into the phone, Drea anonymously lets the principal (Sarah Michelle Gellar) know about the greenhouse. This obviously leads to Carissa’s expulsion. Later, while announcing the Valentine’s Day Self-Love Palooza, Eleanor reveals that Max is cheating on Tara with all the other girls at school. This destroys his feminist image and completes Dre’s revenge plan.
But wait! Tara comes up with a plan to spread the word that Max isn’t really cheating on her. They are apparently in an ethically non-monogamous relationship. Which is a roundabout way of saying they are polysexual. They start blaming the students for reacting too harshly, saying that the students are following some kind of old-school ideas about heteronormative relationships.
They even go so far as to say that since America is a free country, they shouldn’t limit themselves to one partner and date whoever is willing to sleep with them. Therefore, sooner rather than later, the narrative shifts from “Max is a cheating piece of shit” to “Max is in an open relationship, so everyone has a chance to get close to him.” And to make matters worse for Dre, her application to Yale was also rejected.
Eleanor comes up with a counter plan that she’s not just after Max, but everyone. Drea agrees because she thinks everyone should pay for the consequences of their actions, especially after messing with her Yale application. Yes, she thinks Max and his group sent the magazine to Yale to talk about how Drea assaulted him. Anyway, back to the plot, Drea tells Eleanor that every year there is something called the Admissions Party.
It’s a “night of pure debauchery” and students go cell phone-free. This means that what happens at the reception party stays at the reception party. And the only way to get there is if the student has an Ivy League acceptance letter. Eleanor is lucky, she apparently has two. So she has to go there, find out what’s going on there, get Max out, and then Drea gets him to admit that he leaked that raunchy video of hers.
However, things go a little differently. Max and the others throw Eleanor a big birthday party, something Drea will forget. A furious Drea shows up at Eleanor’s party and asks her why she’s hanging out with Max and his group. Eleanor says she’s on Max’s side now because Drea didn’t even remember her birthday, so she feels Drea is friends with her because she’s helpful. They part ways. Later that night, Drea discovers that her car isn’t working.
The mechanic says someone must have taken the spark plug out, just like the last time it stopped working. On a hunch, he visits Carissa. She reminds Drea that she’s the one who spread the rumor that Eleanor (who used to be named Nora) was a predator when she came out to Drea when they were 13. So she changed her name, met Drea at tennis camp, took out the spark plug of her car, to give her a ride, and proceeded to cause Drain to fall a second time. “Do Revenge.”
Do Revenge Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
Eleanor explains that she wanted to stop her plan to remind Dre that she was the one behind everything she had to go through. She says that for a moment she thought Drea had changed and she didn’t want to hurt her anymore. But when Drea bursts into her birthday party, she realizes she’s still the same old Drea Torres. In fact, when Drea gets home, Eleanor visits her to explain everything and what’s going to happen.
She says that Dra’s little rumor basically sent her into a deep depression. And the worst part of it all is that Drea doesn’t even remember Eleanor doing that much damage. So to ensure that Drea lives with her pain forever, Eleanor orders her to go to the acceptance party and make everyone do the craziest things. Afterward, Eleanor leaks this video via the IP address, which will be traced to Dre’s computer, leading to the destruction of the entire school.
Drea initially refuses to do this. Eleanor, therefore, threatens her by accusing her mother of having drugs and ruining her career. She also says that she told Russ (Rish Shah), Drey’s current boyfriend, everything she did to Carissa. As Drea rushes to Russ to tell him the truth, Eleanor totals her car and sends her to the hospital. Russ reveals that he didn’t get any information about Carissa from Eleanor. This means that Eleanor lied about it so that Drea would expose herself.
And that’s what she does. After Russ leaves, clearly disappointed by the revelation that Drea is evil, Eleanor shows up to tell her that she caused the accident for a reason. She knows that out of sympathy for her injury, Tara and the others will invite her to the acceptance party, which is apparently easier than forging a fake acceptance letter to an Ivy League college, I suppose. As Eleanor predicted, that’s exactly what happens and Drea makes it to the party.
At the party, Eleanor slips a brooch (with a hidden camera) on Dra’s dress to record everything that happens at the party. When Max and his friends start doing cocaine, Eleanor talks Dre into doing something too, even though she doesn’t want to. But Drea turns the tables by reminding everyone of her Nosy Nora days and that she’s in love with Max’s sister Gabbi (Talia Ryder). This obviously gets to Eleanor and she leaves the room. Drea goes to her and apologizes for saying that.
Additionally, she admits that she doesn’t want to go back to Eleanor because she thinks she’s the only friend she has. And if she had the power to travel back in time and undo what Eleanor did, she would. Max overhears all of this and reveals that he got Drey and Eleanor’s phones (which they handed in before entering the party). Therefore, he knows that they are connected to each other and intends to destroy both of their futures.
Then Max makes the mistake of telling Drea’s whole story to Eleanor (and also reminds Drea) to explain why he leaked the video. According to Max, he did this because Drea was never grateful to him for giving her access to everything that helped her climb the school’s social ladder. But the reasoning doesn’t really matter at this point because after Max leaves the scene, Eleanor reveals that she had a hidden camera on her dress the whole time and recorded Max’s confession.
They hug him and then proceed to show a video of Max admitting that he was behind the video leak. One by one everyone at the party starts booing him. He walks out, falls to his knees, and basically accepts his defeat. Afterward, Eleanor and Drea go to the beach for drinks together. The principal informs Dre that Yale has an opening because Max’s application was rejected. However, Drea says she doesn’t want to go there anymore because she’s a different person now.
Before the credits roll, Drea and Eleanor do their version of riding into the sunset. During the credits we see Dre getting back with Russ while Eleanor gets back with Gabbi. And then we see Max in group therapy called “Masculinity Examined: How to Untangle the Toxic Roots of Patriarchy.” Now, if you’re thinking of taking any lessons from “Do Revenge,” please don’t. It’s a movie that says “teenage girls are psychos” and shows grown actors playing teenagers just so they can sexualize them into the kingdom.
Enjoy all the gossip and performances of the talented cast and criticize them, and I say this at the cost of repetition, and sexualization of teenagers. No one wants realism from teen dramas. However, no one is asking filmmakers to come up with a reality where even seventeen-year-olds behave irresponsibly. Let’s stop this asap and get back to analyzing 90s movie tropes, femininity, and patriarchy through the eyes of adults. “Do Revenge.”