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Review: ‘Emily in Paris’ is stereotype fun

Review: ‘Emily in Paris’ is stereotype fun
  • On October 20, 2020

Three and a Half Stars out of Five

By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief

Romantic comedy and soap opera fans should add Netflix’s “Emily in Paris” to their watch list. 

The original series was released Oct. 2. It stars Lily Collins as Emily Cooper, a 20-something marketing executive from Chicago. 

Emily’s boss, Madeline Wheeler (played by Kate Walsh), is supposed to start working at a marketing firm in Paris to offer an American perspective to the company. However, she is unable to go after she learns she is pregnant. Madeline asks Emily to go in her place.

Once Emily arrives in France, the company houses her in a centuries-old apartment building in the city. Although the view is gorgeous, she quickly discovers it is run down, and things break constantly.

She receives a less than warm welcome from her boss and co-workers, as they think she is a silly American who couldn’t even bother to learn their language.

Although she initially has a hard time adjusting to Parisian life – mainly because she does not speak French – Emily is persuasive, clever and talented. This allows her to get out of tricky situations and avoid disasters.

Emily eventually makes a few friends outside of work that help her navigate her new life in the city, including her downstairs neighbor, chef and love-interest Gabriel (played by Lucas Bravo).

Gabriel often serves as her translator and the pair take a liking to one another, despite Emily having a boyfriend back home in Chicago.

“Emily in Paris” explores the cultural differences between French and American culture, while incorporating slightly predictable plot twists and humor.

There are a few moments during the season that are genuinely comical, but others are cringe-worthy; some go as far as to inaccurately depict French and Parisian culture.

As someone who took three years of French in high school, I learned a significant amount about the culture from my teacher, who once lived in France and has been there multiple times. I found the show portrayed French characters in an unfair and stereotypical light.

Despite these inaccuracies, Collins does a superb job of portraying the naive and stubborn American, Emily, and the show is overall lighthearted and decent entertainment. The first season of “Emily in Paris” is available for streaming on Netflix.