Emily the Criminal

Director: John Patton Ford
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 2.0

Unable to pay off her student loans (she went to art school!) and stuck with a felony charge on her permanent record (it was for assault!), Emily (Aubrey Plaza) works as a caterer but is given a tip by a coworker to contact Youcef (Theo Rossi) for a "side hustle" that involves using fake credit cards ("dummy shopping") to purchase expensive television sets.  This shows that Plaza is just as good at doing drama as (dead-pan) comedy and she's a fiercely amoral lead - Youcef gives her two pieces of advice and ignores them both (and is punished for neither) - and it makes a nice point about how (unpaid) internships are kind of a scam (it's free labor for our Capitalist Overlords), but it's missing out on the larger social commentary: leaving college with exorbitant debt, studying a subject that does not "guarantee" future prospects and the current state of "unions" (oy, what a mess).  She shifts from being the "exploited" to the "exploiter" easily, but that's exactly what you'd expect from someone without a moral compass.