Emily the Criminal
★★★☆☆
Aubrey Plaza scores in her strongest dramatic turn yet as a young woman with major student debt and a minor criminal record whose limited job options lead her into the shady side hustle of credit card fraud. John Patton Ford’s debut feature is a tight little indie with a well-researched script that takes us into a fascinating corner of the underworld in a way that's exciting and thematically timely without feeling heavy-handed. The lean production misses one or two opportunities for character development that a larger budget might have enabled, but in a climate of generic disposable thrillers, this is a welcome surprise.

Directed by John Patton Ford
Produced by Tyler Davidson, Aubrey Plaza, and Drew Sykes

Written by John Patton Ford

With: Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Jonathan Avigdori, Kim Yarbrough, Gina Gershon, and Bernardo Badillo

Cinematography: Jeff Bierman
Editing: Harrison Atkins
Music: Nathan Halpern

Runtime: 93 min
Release Date: 12 August 2022
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
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