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First Trailer for ‘Emily the Criminal’ Sees Aubrey Plaza in a More Dramatic Role

Aubrey Plaza appears in Emily the Criminal by John Patton Ford, an official selection of the Premieres section at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Low Spark Films.

The first trailer for Emily the Criminal has released online. Written and directed by John Patton Ford, the movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Gina Gershon.

Its plot synopsis reads “Emily (Aubrey Plaza) is 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.”

Our editor-in-chief Joey Magidson saw the movie at Sundance, and said that “Aubrey Plaza has never been as much of a badass as she is in Emily the Criminal. She makes the title character someone both out of their element and easily adaptable. You root for her and worry for her, but never doubt that she’s going to figure out something. Plaza gives Emily flaws, but also a compelling nature that prevents you from ever taking your eyes off of her.” You can read his full review of the film here.

You can watch the full trailer below and see the movie in theatres on August 12:


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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