Emily the Criminal

New York Times Critics' Pick
96 mins.
Directed by John Patton Ford

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.

“Aubrey Plaza’s wonderfully nuanced performance anchors this absorbing story... EMILY THE CRIMINAL plays less like a lecture on the evils of capitalism than a darkly demented workplace drama, a cry of outrage from those forced to choose between legal enslavement and illegally obtained freedom.” Jeannette Catsoulis. A New York Times Critic's Pick!