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Plot Overview

Graduation DayEmily (Aubrey Plaza) and Liz (Megalyn Echikunwoke) were friends through high school and then art school HBS in Newark, New Jersey. Though Newark boasts a burgeoning arts scene and a short commute to Manhattan for that matter, Liz joined a competitive ad agency in L.A. after she graduated. Emily shared the same sense of privilege, but because of an aggravated assault conviction courtesy an acrimonious boy­friend, no support from an unsympathetic step-father, legal fees from her court case, student loan payments, living expenses, grand­mother care, and low paid work, she was unable to complete her degree, let alone find work in her field. She followed her friend to L.A..

package deliveryWelcomerejectThere she packed her­self in, living with an immigrant family to cut expenses, she applied for office work and was rejected, and she ended up a contracted delivery girl for a food caterer. She could watch the beautiful people eat in their offices.

Welcome to America
Now Speak EnglishA coworker Javier Santos (Bernardo Badillo) returned an owed favor by giving her a tip for a low level position in the under­world. She quit her­self well for Lebanese immigrant middle­man Youcef Haddad (Theo Rossi) who became her boy­friend to the chagrin of his cousin and partner Khalil (Jonathan Avigdori.)


hand crank ice cream makerHere is begun a criminal conflict with society à la, (Prov. 30:33) “Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife.” A continual aggravation over time can change a state of peace to one of war like (liquid) milk changing to (solid) butter upon being churned. An irritation to some critical area can be a provocation as wringing the nose can make it bleed. In this movie Emily's fracas with a sap she robbed resulted in a bloody nose nicely framed on her fair face. The meals she delivered were placed in long pans covered with tin­foil, then set into deep zippered totes with handling straps. They got carted into businesses and lifted out to be set on tables or what­ever. One business in a high-rise had an out-of-service elevator, so they had to schlep them up the stairs. Round and round the stair­case they went while the jostling & rocking trans­ferred motion to the food inside causing it to spill out into sloppy ruination. It changed form as would milk into butter.

In this movie Emily was catholically dicked around by: kin, friends, school, govern­ment, businesses and even the dog … every­body—some in her past & some implied—until she just couldn't take it any­more, her lack of agency. Then when her boy­friend/business partner took a major hit causing Emily to lose her cut as well, she went over to the dark side becoming Emily the criminal at odds with society.

Production Values

” (2022) was written and directed by John Patton Ford. It stars Aubrey Plaza, Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Jonathan Avigdori. There was a cameo by Gina Gershon playing a success­ful exec. Miss Plaza portrayed her troubled character to a perfection in angst. We feel for the girl. The rest of the cast provided perfect foils.

MPAA rated it R for language, some violence and brief drug use. Nathan Halpern provided an appropriate, minimalist musical score. Jeff Bierman's cinema­tog­raphy was well developed. Editing was finely tuned. Runtime is 1 hour 37 minutes.

Review Conclusion w/a Christian's Recommendation

Just when we think the drama is at an end the police show up. We are left with the feeling that a little easing of the pressure on a hapless felon might work the wonders a trained constabulary is powerless to perform.

Movie Ratings

Action factor: Decent action scenes. Suitability For Children: Not Suitable for Children of Any Age. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day. Suspense: Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Overall movie rating: Three and a half stars out of five.