“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.”

Director: John Patton Ford
Writer: John Patton Ford
Staring: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Bernando Badillo, Jonathan Avigdori
Release Date: August 12, 2022

Here is a take. Now that Aubrey Plaza is graduating from the comedy / dramedy roles, is Cristin Milioti the new Plaza? I watched this trailer for Emily The Criminal after writing about The Resort, and I see a lot of similarities in terms comedic ability, unique look and charisma on screen.

Now that I got that random thought out of my head, we can look at Emily The Criminal.

I am so fucking psyched that Theo Rossi is in this. Everything I have seen Rossi in, he has been arguably the best part, I was introduced to him in Luke Cage on Netflix where he played Shade. He also plays a wonderful dick in Army Of The Dead (2021).

Rossi is not the main attraction. That distinction goes to Aubrey Plaza. Stepping away from the realm of comedy, Plaza is spreading her wings into the crime drama. The last thing I saw her in was Happiest Season (2020) which was a massive holiday movie surprise. She was in another drama Best Sellers (2021), with Michael Caine, which I have not seen.

Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is a down-on-her-luck women in a lot of debt. She needs help, and so she turns to a credit card scam that is being run by Youcef (Theo Rossi). She appears to have the goods to make something of this criminal enterprise, and Youcef notices. The jobs get bigger, and the stakes get higher. Emily has her eyes on the glory of financial freedom and criminal power, but there are straps holding her back. She may not realize that her aspirations are dangerous, and Emily The Criminal seems to be exploring its titular character testing her limits.

There is one scene from the Emily The Criminal trailer that sticks out, and it is not hard to pick it out.

Emily gets attacked in her room but a seemingly dissatisfied customer. She gets pinned to the ground, and asked if she is scared of him. The camera cuts to her with a blade on her neck and her face in the carpet…and she is not afraid. At least I don’t see it. She is jolted, and it seems to wake her up to the scene she finds herself in. Emily literally licks her chops before the trailer cuts away to critics praising Plaza’s performance.

Emily is a character that is not to be messed with. Her character may be leaning towards the “hero” that you are rooting for but knowing its a plummet in their future.

Emily The Criminal is my type of “slop” movie, even thought it might not even be “slop”. This fits into the crime junk category; fit for those that like to look into the depravity that all of humanity can fall into. This is going to be a random pull, but I kind of get The Brave One (2007) vibes? You know, the Jodie foster revenge crime thriller?

It also should be noted that this is John Patton Ford’s first major motion picture. He only has a short that he made in 2010 called Patrol. Big jump, but again it looks really promising.


Why for IMDB with the photos for Emily The Criminal are they all of Rossi modeling??

What is he doing with his hands in the fifth photo??

Emily The Criminal releases into theater on August 12, 2022.

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