Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:
Very strong vision of the romantic and anarchic world where the protagonist is saddled with a lot of debt and cannot find a better job, but finds a talent and a passion for committing credit card fraud and gets away with his crimes , although the story also shows that there really is no honor among thieves, and the petty crime boss clearly loves his mother
38 profanities (including more than 21 “f” words), three Jesus profanities, two GD profanities and five mild profanities such as OMG
Heavy violence includes a fat man punching a young woman and trying to stop her from taking off with a luxury car she just paid for using a stolen credit card number (the woman has a bloody nose and cheek bruised as a result of this encounter, the man grabs the woman and holds a box cutter to her throat to force her to give the combination of her safe full of money to her girlfriend (“We know where you live “, he reminds her before they leave with the money), the woman rushes outside to grab the other woman who is in the passenger seat of the man’s car and pulls her out of the car. and throws her on the ground to take back her money and threaten the girl (she pulls out the girl’s driver’s license and says, “I know where you live now”), two people knock two people out to rob a house with money stolen from one of two people (they throw a person in the trunk of a car), three characters are fighting two-on-one tent in the house where the stolen money is, a person gets head shot after being hit from behind, a would-be thief stabs another person after the person attacked the thief with a knife, the thief then holds a cutter to the person’s throat to find where the money is
Implicit fornication at one point after passionate kisses, and the unmarried couple are shown waking up together in another scene
Upper male nudity in two scenes and female wearing tight T-shirt blouses
Alcohol consumption :
Brief consumption of alcohol in at least three or four scenes
Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:
Brief smoking and brief occasional cocaine use at a party; and,
The main character gets away with crime (others aren’t so lucky), and there’s lying, cheating, theft.
EMILY THE CRIMINAL is about a college art graduate with too many school loans and a bleak economic future due to a past felony assault conviction against a former boyfriend, who develops a passion for credit card fraud and illicit benefits it may bring. Despite its genuine thrillers, EMILY THE CRIMINAL is a character study about the joys and fears of embracing and following your deepest desires, but the story’s female protagonist happens to be someone who decides crime is his passion, and the film also contains a lot of strong foul language and other moral issues.
Played by Aubrey Plaza, the main character, Emily, is an art graduate who works as a delivery girl for a restaurant. Struggling with student debt, Emily is unable to get a better job due to an old felony assault conviction.
One day, Emily agrees to do a delivery shift for one of her colleagues, who wants to take her son to a ball game. In return, he gives her a phone number to be a “dummy buyer”. She calls the number and is asked to attend an orientation session the next morning.
Emily discovers that the job is to buy expensive goods with stolen credit cards provided by a handsome, charismatic Lebanese immigrant named Youcef. Emily takes pleasure in engaging in this criminal activity, especially when she manages to turn things around with two other criminals who try to steal her money one night. She also becomes increasingly attracted to Youcef and even meets Youcef’s lovely mother. Eventually, they hatch a risky plan to take their illicit activity to the next level.
EMILY THE CRIMINAL is a well-acted crime thriller and character study. Due to student debt, the protagonist, Emily, gave up on her dream of doing something with the drawing and painting she learned in college. However, she soon finds herself seduced by the quick money and illicit thrills of credit card fraud. Then, when her criminal mentor and new lover suggests taking their theft to the next level, Emily gets excited about his plan. However, the plan goes awry and Emily makes an even more dangerous suggestion.
The story of the protagonist in EMILY THE CRIMINAL could be told to anyone who finds a new passion and decides to embrace it fully, despite the risks involved. The film’s writer/director says that’s what drew him to making this particular story as his feature debut. However, Emily’s story is also a story of delinquency. EMILY THE CRIMINAL also has a lot of strong foul language, a scene where Emily sleeps with her mentor, and a brief use of cocaine at a party Emily attends. It shows, however, that there really is no honor among thieves. Eventually, for example, Emily leaves behind her mentor and her lover to save her own skin.
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