Aubrey Plaza is known for her deadpan humor. But she's earned new acclaim for a trio of dark films that premiered at Sundance: Ingrid Goes West in 2017, Black Bear in 2020 and this year's Emily the Criminal.
The latter marks the feature debut of writer-director John Patton Ford. Plaza's Emily has a mountain of debt and a dead-end job. With nowhere to turn and bills piling up, she turns to a credit card scam. She takes to it naturally, and soon she's entrusted with more and more risky cons. The film earned raves at the festival, with significant praise for the film's script, and Plaza's performance, of course. The cast also includes Theo Rossi, Gina Gershon and Megalyn Echikunwoke.
Emily the Criminal opens in select theaters on August 12.