The vengeance-driven friendship comedy \"Do Revenge\" is to the 1980s and '90s high school movie as the \"Scream\" series was to the post-\"Halloween\" slasher picture. It's a compendium of devices, references, and (sometimes tediously) self-deprecating jokes that seems meant to let you know that the filmmakers know that you know what they're up to. At the same time, the film manages to blend all of its influences into a distinctive movie that is fully committed to its vision of high school as a handsomely costumed and art-directed snake pit filled with sadists who get off on other people's pain and embarrassment.
Enter Eleanor (Maya Hawke), a gangly white lesbian in standard-issue Hollywood frump clothing who's still traumatized by an incident that occurred at summer camp years ago. Eleanor and Drea become unlikely friends, and Drea suggests swapping revenge plots. Drea's involves giving Eleanor a makeover to transform her into a sexy oddball newcomer, grab Max's attention, and draw her into his inner circle, where she can gain the trust and pick the brains of all the people who were complicit in Drea's downfall. It's absurdly elaborate even by the standards of high school movies. It's as if a cross-dressing Shakespeare comedy had been outfitted with elements from \"Clueless,\" \"10 Things I Hate About You,\" \"Election,\" \"Rushmore,\" and \"Cruel Intentions.\" (Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of \"Cruel Intentions\" as well as \"Buffy the Vampire Slayer,\" has a small role as the headmistress of Rosehill, who advises Drea to channel her anger rather than explode in rage, as she did while accusing Max of leaking the video.) 1e1e36bf2d