ASKING FOR IT (2021) Reviews of female-focused vigilante thriller – now with a clip

  

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Asking for It is a 2021 American vigilante thriller film about a group of young women who band together to take on sexist men in a small town.

Written and directed by Eamon O’Rourke, making his feature directorial debut.

The movie stars Kiersey Clemons, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexandra Shipp, Ezra Miller, Gabourey Sidibe, Radha Mitchell, Leslie Stratton and Luke Hemsworth.

Plot:

After small-town waitress Joey (Kiersey Clemons) is assaulted after a date with her old friend Mike (Casey Cott), she befriends mysterious stranger Regina (Alexandra Shipp). Regina introduces her to The Cherry Bombers, an all femme gang including Beatrice (Vanessa Hudgens), Lily (Leslie Stratton), Sal (Radha Mitchell), Jett (Leyna Bloom), Angie (Lisa Yaro), Fala (Casey Camp-Horinek), and Rudy (Gabourey Sidibe).

All suffering from past traumas, together they fight a misogynistic society by targeting violent frat boys, a corrupt police force of human traffickers led by Sheriff Morel (David Patrick Kelly), and the dangerous alt-right group MFM (Men’s First Movement) headed by Mark Vanderhill (Ezra Miller).

As Joey is drawn further into their chaotic world, Sal’s old flame, Logan County Sheriff Vernon (Luke Hemsworth), investigates MFM, leading to a thrilling showdown…

Reviews:

“There’s so much to love in this film. First and foremost, the largely POC cast is something not seen enough in film, Hollywood or indie. Kiersey Clemons gives a masterful performance as Joey, the woman who finds herself adopted and trained by the gang. And she is matched by Alexandra Shipp the woman who brings her into the group…” Hammer to Nail

Asking for It, at best, is a cathartic release for viewers who want to see women get justice for other women. However, at worse, it’s a movie with shallow characters and a story that does press that incels and white supremacy can be the next generic big evil, but without giving us the villains needed to really drive that home.” 76% Wherever I Look

“Some may react cynically to O’Rourke’s far-from-understated efforts. But even if a message movie this earnest is unlikely to change many minds, its diverse cast and crew represent a rejection of the past, a rewrite of the present, and a model for the future. What’s more, the issues O’Rourke addresses have never been well-served by understatement.” The Wrap

Release:

Asking for It had its premiere at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival.

Paramount and Saban Films will release Asking for It theatrically and On-Demand (VOD) in the USA on March 4th 2022.

Cast and characters:

Kiersey Clemons … Joey
Vanessa Hudgens … Beatrice
Alexandra Shipp … Regina
Ezra Miller … Mark Vanderhill
Gabourey Sidibe … Rudy
Radha Mitchell … Sal
Leslie Stratton … Lily
Luke Hemsworth … Vernon
Casey Cott … Mike
Casey Camp-Horinek … Fala
David Patrick Kelly … Morrill
Leyna Bloom … Jett
Demetrius Shipp Jr. … Cuzzo
Lisa Yaro … Angie
Patricia Belcher … Nana
Sean Rogers … Officer Marney
Wayne Dehart … Henry
Eric Michael Cole … Officer Grumm
Randy Wayne … Douchebag
Ruby Ibarra … Hexus
Dylan Flashner … Eric
OvaJean Siemens … Babushka
Garrett O’Brien … Armra Man
Joshua Uduma … Miguel

Filming locations:

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Trailer:

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