Netflix brings Do Revenge a succession of Mean Girls movies that easily fits into the tradition of gloomy comedy about the cruelty of adolescent girls. The genre receives a crisp 2022 update from director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (co-writer of Thor: Love and Thunder and Sweet/Vicious).
The movie loses momentum in the middle because of a few love subplots, but towards the end, it has picked up and comes together for a satisfying conclusion.
Do Revenge concentrates on intricate social intrigues and violent popular cliques, much like earlier films in the mean-girls high school subgenre.
In contrast, it represents a logical development of this kind of film for the year 2022 and is neither derivative nor cliche.
While there are some aspects of high school that never change, teen movies, especially those that adopt or pay homage to older works, run the risk of feeling obsolete because of the quick evolution of teenage culture.
Do Revenge escapes that curse thanks to Robinson and co-writer Celeste Ballard’s deft updating of specific plot points.