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Poor Things (2023) Synopsis - Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo

Poor Things (2023) Synopsis

Rating: R (Graphic Nudity | Sexual Content)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi
Original Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Tony McNamara
Release Date (Theaters): Dec 8, 2023 (US)
Runtime: 2h 21m
Distributor: Searchlight Pictures

Poor Things (2023) Poster - Emma Stone

Poor Things Synopsis

In an alternate Victorian London, Dr. Godwin Baxter (Willem Dafoe), a physically deformed scientist, performs a macabre experiment to save the life of a young woman who leaps off a bridge. He achieves this by transplanting the brain of her unborn baby into her own head, reanimating her.

He names her Bella (Emma Stone) and embarks on an ambitious endeavor to accelerate her mental growth to match her physical development. In this endeavor, he is aided by Max McCandles (Ramy Youssef), a budding surgeon who falls deeply in love with this vivacious and unrestrained woman-child. However, Bella, grappling with her identity as a “flawed, experimenting person,” finds herself drawn to a life of unfettered exploration and sexual liberation.

Amidst Bella’s gleeful and unfiltered exploration of life, she grapples with her identity as a flawed and curious being, unapologetically indulging in self-discovery, including a frank approach to her sexuality. Sensing the impending constraints of an arranged marriage and a confined life, Bella embarks on a journey to experience the world before the ties tighten.

Her sexual odyssey takes her through Lisbon and beyond, accompanied by the debauched lawyer Duncan Wedderburn (Mark Ruffalo). Along her travels, Bella’s experiences awaken her to the harsh reality of her limited independence, realizing the pervasive attempts of men to dominate and restrain her.


Emma Stone as Bella Baxter
Willem Dafoe as Dr. Godwin Baxter
Mark Ruffalo as Duncan Wedderburn
Christopher Abbott as Alfie Blessington
Jerrod Carmichael as Harry Astley
Ramy Youssef as Max McCandles

Poor Things Videos

Poor Things: Official Teaser
Poor Things: Official Trailer 1
Poor Things: Featurette “Bella”
Poor Things: Extended Look Trailer
Poor Things: Featurette “Who is Bella Baxter?”
Poor Things: Movie Clip “You’re in My Sun”