Don’t Worry Darling generates drama about cast, plot


Photo by Vivian Pisani

Seniors Vivian Pisani and Sasha Sampaio take a BeReal of Jack (Harry Styles) and Alice (Florence Pugh) in Don’t Worry Darling.

The Don’t Worry Darling movie has become a pop culture controversy for both the cast drama associated with it and the movie itself.

Despite its release in theaters on Sept. 23, the movie premiers and press events leading up to it involved drama between those involved including Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pine and Gemma Chan.

Harry Styles, the main male lead, and Olivia Wilde, the director with a supporting role in the film, met on the Don’t Worry Darling set where they ignited their relationship and are now known to be dating. However, Wilde was not fully divorced from her now ex-husband Jason Sudekis during this time, and Florence Pugh was reported to have a problem with this.

Pugh made it a goal to not promote the movie and made headlines during the world premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival, where she kept her distance from the entire cast, mainly Wilde, left the premiere during the standing ovation, and has been reported to have a screaming match with Wilde, although the crew has signed a statement saying that it wasn’t true.

This drama aside, the movie itself had mixed reviews, with a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes from movie critics, but a 75% from the audience.

The movie follows Jack and Alice (played by Styles and Pugh), a married couple who reside in an idealistic life and community called The Victory Project with other couples. Everyday, the husband goes to work at headquarters to work on a top secret project, while the wife stays at home and cleans, cooks, and is a homemaker. The wives shop, go to ballet, and talk to friends and enjoy their lavish and luxurious life with no worries.

The leader of this Victory Project is Frank, who promotes order in following the rules for each person in the community. However, Alice begins to experience visions and cracks in this idealistic life and becomes worried and paranoid about what The Victory Project actually is. She begins to investigate and tries to find out whatever secrets the men and the project are hiding.

At the end of the movie comes an extremely surprising and unexpected twist that I loved. This twist changed the entire perspective of the movie, and changed the audience’s perception of all the characters and their lives. Viewers weren’t pleased with the potential gaps in the plot but others didn’t mind it.

This movie was also Styles’ acting debut and he played an American man. Since he is British, he had to put on a fake accent and the viewers were torn on whether they thought his accent was good or if it ruined the movie for them. Similarly, this movie was a big deal for Wilde, as it gave large exposure for her directing career, but the drama outside of the movie was criticized for overshadowing a major step in a woman’s career.

This movie was a favorite among teenage girls. “I really enjoyed the movie and I would definitely recommend it to others,” senior Ashlyn Fritz said.