The film Emily the Criminal is about a young woman who gets involved in a credit card fraud scam. It is set in gritty Los Angeles. It tells the story of an aspiring artist who gets caught up in the crime world and is forced to learn how to survive.
Emily is struggling to pay off her student debt. She is also trying to get a job in an upscale advertising agency. Her friend Megalyn Echikunwoke tries to get her an interview with the boss.
As a way to get money, Emily starts using stolen credit cards to buy expensive consumer items. She also becomes part of a scam, and soon plans to make her own racket. But before she is caught, she must find a way to get out of the mess before she is discovered.
The film is an edge-of-your-seat crime thriller that speaks to the realities of our modern education system and economy. It shows how class divides and institutional obstacles are keeping people from getting ahead in life. It also deals with gender and race issues.
Aubrey Plaza plays the main character, Emily, who is desperate to earn some quick cash. She gets a job as a “dummy shopper” and ends up participating in a credit card fraud scam. It’s all part of a plan to make the business more lucrative.
The movie has an engaging story, but it doesn’t always work as well as it could. While it is a good look at criminality, it doesn’t dwell on it too much.