Emily in Paris

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Lily Collins in Emily in Paris.
Lily Collins in Emily in Paris.
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Emily in Paris




3/5 Stars


After landing her dream job in Paris, Chicago marketing executive Emily Cooper embraces her adventurous new life while juggling work, friends and romance.


If you're looking for a new, fun show to watch to get your mind off the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this is it.

Emily in Paris stars Lily Collins as the optimistic go-getter who, upon arrival in Paris to provide an American perspective at a marketing firm, finds it's not all sunshine and roses in the City of Love and Light. Not speaking the language and having a strong, independent boss (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu) who isn't exactly open to new marketing ideas in the age of social media, proves challenging, but the ever-ambitious Emily manages to overcome it all, though her love life does complicate things.

Created by Sex and the City and Younger producer Darren Star, Emily in Paris is the perfect combination of both shows as it sees a twenty-something hopeful find her way in the world doing what she loves. If you're a fan of either show, you're guaranteed to have a good time with this one. The characters and witty script following Emily on her adventure make it a rather enjoyable and easy-to-binge series.

Emily herself, though occasionally obnoxious and annoyingly hopeful at times, is, for the most part, a likeable character. Lily Collins does well to bring the feisty and confident character to life, so you don't mind going along with her on her journey – though she does make a few questionable decisions.

What's more impressive, though, are the characters in Emily's story. Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu is terrifyingly good as Emily's Miranda Priestly-like boss, Sylvie, constantly cutting her down to size, and her colleagues Luc (Bruno Gouery) and Julien (Samuel Arnold) and best friend Mindy Chen (Ashley Park) had me laughing out loud. French actor Lucas Bravo was also perfectly cast as Emily's dreamy neighbour, Gabriel, making my five-hour binge of the show all the more... enjoyable.

I can't be the only one who screamed "Yes!" at the screen when he asked: "Do you want to live in my apartment?"

The very, very obvious nods to French culture aside (the berets, the croissants, the smoking stereotype), the series' beautiful soundtrack and visually stunning scenes will pretty much transport you to Paris. A standout of the show for me was all the chic outfits and the most picturesque views – another Darren Star influence coming through. I too would follow @emilyinparis on Instagram – Emily in Paris is the show I want to live in!

From the visual aspects of the series, to the witty, and oftentimes racy and salty script (I even learnt a new word: merde – "used as a mild, generally humorous substitute for 'shit') I quite enjoyed Emily in Paris, bingeing it in one go on Friday night.

It's the perfect feel-good, simple romantic comedy series to transport you to a happy place after a tiring week or busy day. Physically, I'm here, but mentally, I'm in Paris.


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