The internet is going crazy over Do Revenge right now. At the time of writing, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s coming-of-age comedy is the second-biggest movie on Netflix and an overall bigger topic of conversation across different sections of social media.
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, the film follows two college students from vastly different social circles, Drea (Camila Mendes) and Eleanor (Maya Hawke), who form an unlikely alliance to get revenge on the thugs who ruined their lives.
We described Do Revenge as “mean girls for the Gen Z crowd” in our review, and below we’ve rounded up five other twisted teen dramas – many of which serve as direct inspiration for the new Netflix film – to give you a scratch help that the zeros itch a little more.
Mean Girls (2004)
Let’s start with the obvious. If you liked Do Revenge for its nods to mid-noughties sleepover classics, then you’ve almost certainly seen 2004’s Mean Girls by now — but hey, we couldn’t Not Include it in a list of similar movies, could we?
From the mind of comedy genius Tina Fey, Mark Waters’ genre-defining teen drama stars Lindsay Lohan as Cady, a gullible high school freshman whose popularity rises when she insinuates herself into the Plastics, a clique of overprivileged and image-obsessed students Led by Regina George by Rachel McAdams.
Frequently hilarious and surprisingly (but sadly) accurate, Mean Girls is the definitive display of classroom scratchiness, and Do Revenge salutes the former’s most iconic scenes on numerous occasions (check out this Instagram post (opens in new tab) for a handful of examples).
Mean Girls is currently streaming on Netflix in the US and Paramount Plus in the UK.
Simply A (2010)
The world has Easy A to thank for introducing Oscar winner Emma Stone to fame as one of Hollywood’s most gifted leading actresses.
Partly inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1850 novel The Scarlet Letter, the film stars Stone as Olive, an unremarkable high school student whose well-intentioned lie about losing her virginity spirals out of control when others get wind of her fake bedroom antics.
Do Revenge shares clear similarities with Easy A’s setting and rumored premise, but both films also offer well-written, multi-faceted characters who aren’t always the outright good guys we wish they were.
Easy A is currently streaming on fuboTV and Hulu Plus in the US and Netflix in the UK.
The Other Woman (2014)
Okay, The Other Woman isn’t strictly a teen drama, but it’s still a film in which revenge (in this case, a seedy threesome) plays a key role.
The film stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton as three women – Carly, Kate and Amber – who team up to defeat Mark, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, a stalwart Game of Thrones star, a charismatic businessman who… all secretly sees at once. Hormone pills, hair removal cream and laxative-infused water are all part of the trio’s Mean Girls-style schemes that make The Other Woman – like Do Revenge – an incredibly satisfying tale of gruesome revenge.
The Other Woman is currently streaming on HBO Max in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
Like Mean Girls, Clueless is a clear pillar of inspiration in Do Revenge — and not just because the school uniforms it wears are borrowed from the costume wardrobe of Amy Heckerling’s 1995 classic.
Loosely adapted from Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, Clueless stars Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a beautiful and popular high school student who begins to question her own existence while playing matchmaker for two hardened teachers.
Sure, both films look similar. But they also take comparable digs at a very specific brand of pastel high school fantasy — Vogue (opens in new tab) calls it the “bubblegum dream world” – transposing their respective source material in a way that makes it feel accessible.
Clueless is currently streaming on Netflix and Prime Video in the US and Paramount Plus in the UK.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
10 Things I Hate About You is less a film about revenge and more an unlikely alliance.
Gil Junger’s 1999 comedy stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cameron, a young college student who enlists the services of a mysterious bad boy (Heath Ledger) to help him date a popular girl (Larisa Oleynik) whose father is her not allowed to have a boyfriend unless her cranky sister (Julia Stiles) gets one too. Essentially a modern reinterpretation of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, the film is named after a poem by Kat (the sister) that describes her bittersweet romance with Patrick.
Sure, this synopsis doesn’t read much like Do Revenge’s – but 10 Things I Hate About You is also at its best when its seemingly opposite main characters find solace in their similarities.
10 Things I Hate About You is currently streaming on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.
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