Emily in Paris is a popular one-season, ten-episode TV series that was released earlier this month on Netflix (here’s the trailer). Lily Collins plays Emily, an American woman who moves to Paris to give an American point-of-view to a marketing firm.
Before I go on, let me admit that the show is good. The show was cute and engaging, funny, and aesthetically pleasing, and the actors and actresses did fantastic jobs. Still, as good as it was, the show left me with some questions that may or may not be answered with a possible Season 2.
1. Why don’t Emily and Gabriel confess their cheating to Camille?
This was so frustrating to sit through. If you make out with your neighbor who turns out to be your new friend’s BF, not only should you (1) not do it again, (2) fess up, but also (3) grow from the consequences of your actions. Both of them do. Gabriel needs to at least tell his poor girlfriend! Camille and Gabriel were in a charming and stable relationship…or so I thought!
Emily in Paris is oblivious from all moral repercussions and feelings of guilt as far as Season 1 is concerned. The fact that Camille is a sweetheart only makes it hurt more! The horror! I needed to cover my eyes at times.
Here’s a quote from Vulture that eloquently explains this thought further:
“Our protagonist [Emily] has not changed, learned, or grown at all. Nor has she gotten worse in a way that would make her more interesting. (I would support that, too!)
She is a totally static character. Meanwhile, everyone around her has only “changed” insofar as anyone who started the season kind of side-eyeing her ended it by reluctantly accepting her. She has been rejected by exactly no one.
Her behavior has not alienated a single soul, at least not for any meaningful length of time; her actions have no consequences…
A show in which nobody grows or changes or sees their actions affect their circumstances is, as Julian once said to Emily, worse than basic. It’s boring.”Jessica Goldstein
2. Why doesn’t Emily take learning French seriously?
In the show, we see Emily in what seems to be a French classroom only once. She repeats a phrase, and that’s the entirety and end of her learning French attempts. This lack of effort is pretty unrealistic and possibly even disrespectful to fellow Parisians.
They expect tourists to practice some basic phrases in their language while visiting. You can bring an American perspective to work while learning French in the meantime, can’t you?
It may seem like a quirky, cute take on the “American in Paris” theme for us over here, but the people who know Paris as their home are not impressed. Actually, they’re a little annoyed.
Since the show first premiered, French critics have been ripping it to shreds in their reviews. French radio station RTL even claimed that the show warped their city so much it was unrecognizable.
“Between the beret, the cocktail dresses, and the impeccable streets, Parisians had a hard time recognizing their everyday life,” they wrote.Greta Bjornsen
Okay phew. Rant is over. So these are my two cents on Emily in Paris.
Despite these concerns, I will probably sit back, sip some tea, and wait for the next season’s return. What are your thoughts? Comment them down below!
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