Emily the Criminal (2022)

Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Bernardo Badillo, Jonathan Avigdori,
Down on her luck and saddled with debt, Emily gets involved in a credit card scam that pulls her into the criminal underworld of Los Angeles, ultimately leading to deadly consequences.
  • 6.7 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2022-09-14 Added:
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  • John Patton Ford, Director:
  • Tyler Davidson, Drew Sykes, Producer:


7 / 10

Plaza breaking bad

Greetings again from the darkness. Aubrey Plaza proved during "Parks and Recreation", and most every role since, that she is nearly unmatched in her ability to deliver blistering one-liners. However, over the last few years, she has expanded her repertoire and has become a fascinating, multi-talented actress who is exciting to watch. The feature film debut of writer-director John Patton Ford provides the opportunity for Ms. Plaza to push her dramatic chops into the world of crime. She not only doesn't disappoint, she excels.

Emily (Ms. Plaza) is a struggling gig worker delivering lunch orders to office buildings. She has $70,000 in student loan debt and an assault conviction on her record that blocks her from any "good" jobs. We see how that past haunts her in an interview, and it's also our first peek at her natural instinct to bow up and fight back in any situation she views as unjust. Emily is a Jersey girl living in L. A. with a bucket list that seems like a distant dream. One day a co-worker hooks her up with an opportunity to make $200 in one hour. Of course, the opportunity turns out to require her to do something illegal, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

The 'training' class is run by Youcef (Theo Rossi, "Sons of Anarchy"), a man with a gentle approach that disarms most attendees. Emily gets up to leave, but an exchange with Youcef (and a need for money) convinces her to stay and partake of the ridiculously easy money to be made from credit card fraud. The 'dummy shopper' approach can only go so far, and Youcef mentors Emily to take more risk for more reward. Additionally, their relationship escalates causing consternation from Youcef's brother Khalil (Jonathan Avigdori), who points out that Emily is not the best at following rules, which puts her and the entire operation in jeopardy.

Liz (Megalyn Echikunwoke), Emily's friend from art school, finagles an interview for her at the big-time marketing firm where she works. Gena Gershon has one scene as the hiring manager, and Emily proves yet again that her interview skills are a bit lacking. Only this time she's chin deep in running crime with Youcef. One thing that is glossed over here, is that Emily surely has an advantage being an attractive white woman, while most of the others are people of color - automatically causing alert. Ms. Plaza and Mr. Rossi play off each other very well, but this is clearly her time to shine in a crime thriller. Although the story is actually very simple, and I'm not a fan of the ending, it's certainly fun to watch Aubrey Plaza spread her wings as an actor.

Opening in theaters on August 12, 2022.

8 / 10

Get the Money

Hooks You from The First Frame.

Ashamed that Credit Card Fraud is Almost Accepted Way to make (steal) Money, but you will likely Root For Emily (Aubrey Plaza). Tough Broad. Nice Jersey accent. Convincing Cast. Especially Youcef (Theo Rossi) his Mother Luna (Sheila Corsi) and Brother Khalil (Jonathan Avigdori) . Tight Flick. Never A Dull Moment. Ending Stays with You. Best See at Theatre and Pay Cash for Ticket.

9 / 10

The Making of a Criminal

This is a very engaging movie. Plaza is good, and Rossi, as her mentor in crime, is even better. They have a good chemistry together, which makes all the difference.

Her initial state --- student debt, no good job available, shared housing, etc. -- makes her desperation for something else understandable. Her step-by-step descent into crime feels credible, as do the details of the criminal schemes themselves.

Well worth watching.

8 / 10

what other movies try to be . . . and . . . fail at dismally.

Gripping , poignant , acting as good as it gets and a story that keeps you wanting to see more. I keep this review brief because if you don't see this move you will be the one missing out. Best thing I have watched at home or in the movie theater for some time.

8 / 10

Pretty Solid performance.

I think the reviews give you the overall gist of what this movie is all about but what's very striking, and entertaining is when Emily goes a little psycho. Not a ranting or dramatic psycho but a very focused, calculating one. Very solid performance, and the co-lead is a very good complement. If you liked Atomic Blonde, Anna, Salt and any other strong female lead that refuses to let the world get the better of them, you'll like this one.