Emily the Criminal 2022

Directed by John Patton Ford Spotlight

An art-school-dropout drowning in student debt, Aubrey Plaza discovers she has a talent for credit card fraud in this gripping Sundance breakout from first-time writer/director John Patton Ford.

Aug 09

Embassy Theatre

USA In English
96 minutes DCP
R16
Violence & offensive language

Director, Screenplay

Producers

Tyler Davidson, Aubrey Plaza, Drew Sykes

Cinematography

Jeff Bierman

Editor

Harrison Atkins

Production designer

Liz Toonkel

Costume designer

Amanda Wing Yee Lee

Music

Nathan Halpern

Cast

Aubrey Plaza (Emily), Theo Rossi (Youcef), Megalyn Echikunwoke (Liz), Gina Gershon (Alice)

Festival

Sundance, San Francisco, Sydney 2022

Elsewhere

“A thriller consistently pushed into darker, more intriguing terrain by Aubrey Plaza’s electric performance, Emily the Criminal tells the story of a financially strapped woman who decides that a life of crime is her only escape from crippling debt – if she can make it out alive. John Patton Ford’s feature debut starts off as a character study but soon ratchets up the tension, never losing its focus on the individuals at the centre of a credit-card scam that will inevitably, but compellingly, go pear-shaped…

Set in Los Angeles, the picture stars Plaza as Emily, an aspiring painter who is saddled with about $70,000 in student loans – not to mention a criminal record… Stuck in a dead-end catering job… Emily receives a tip about being a 'dummy shopper', which pays $200 for one hour of work. She quickly realises why the gig is so lucrative — it’s illegal, using stolen credit card numbers to purchase high-end items like flatscreen televisions… Soon, Emily becomes the close confidante of her boss, Youcef, who takes her on as a partner, showing her the whole operation and promising her even greater riches.” — Tim Grierson, Screendaily

“Ford imbues his story with a tense, vibrating energy, moving briskly between the breathlessness of a heist thriller and the sharper barbs of social satire.” — Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly