Aubrey Plaza stars in the crime thriller “Emily the Criminal” which writer-director John Patton Ford describes as a “Millennial Dirty Harry”.
Aubrey Plaza (if you haven’t seen her performance in Black Bear, be sure to check it out now on Amazon Prime or Paramount Plus; she really showcases her extraordinary acting chops) stars as Emily, a young woman saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome and charismatic middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi).
Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black-market capitalism, and increasingly interested in her mentor Youcef. Together, they hatch a plan to bring their business to the next level in Los Angeles.
Writer-director John Patton Ford makes his feature directorial debut in this film about a millennial who hits the breaking point and decides to make her own rules — inspired by the idea of a “Millennial Dirty Harry”.
He describes how his own fear of failure helped fuel the script:
I poured all that fear into the script, and out came a story about just going for it. A story about running toward your passion despite the warning signs.
He goes on to elaborate on his inspiration for Emily the Criminal.