Do Revenge’s ’90s Teen Movie Homages, Decoded - Bihari Gyan

Do Revenge’s ’90s Teen Movie Homages, Decoded

in Do Revenge, a deliciously dark comedy now streaming on Netflix, Maya Hawke’s Eleanor declares herself “a disciple of the ‘90s teen movie.

The same could be said for director and co-writer Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, who tonally and visually pays homage to a number of that era’s movies in her own sophomore directorial effort.

The spiky misadventures of Eleanor and Camila Mendes’s Drea at preppy Rosehill Country Day evoke shades of Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Jawbreaker, and Cruel Intentions, among other titles.

“If you put all of those things in a boiling pot and created a soup, I would hope that Do Revenge would emerge from the soup,” Robinson tells Vanity Fair during a recent Zoom.

“I wanted to make a campy popcorn movie that does not live in reality. Do Revenge is a world unto itself.”

To craft an aesthetic that would appeal to varied audiences and blend Y2K sensibilities with Gen Z touchstones, 

complete with Olivia Rodrigo and Billie Eilish needle drops, Robinson enlisted costume designer Alana Morshead and production designer Hillary Gurtler.