‘Emily in Paris’ Captures Paris’s Beauty


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Actor Lily Collins attends the premiere of ‘Les Miserables’ last year in Los Angeles. Collins portrays the title character in ‘Emily in Paris.’

Cassi Reaka, Editor-in-Chief

“Emily in Paris,” although chocked full of clichés, is a delightful watch that will entertain you while making you question why your parents chose to live in Illinois when cities like Paris exist.

Emily, played by Lily Collins, works at a marketing firm in Chicago and is sent to Paris on behalf of her company to give an “American perspective” to a newly acquired French firm. In Paris, she is met with disapproving coworkers and a lonely apartment before finding her place in this new city.

The show wastes very little time getting Emily to Paris. It opens with a brief overview of her life in Chicago, where viewers are introduced to her boyfriend and boss before being abruptly whisked to France a mere four minutes into the show.

Her boyfriend serves no purpose in the show other than to fill a rom-com stereotype of an unsupportive boyfriend who refuses to accept their partners changing life. The two are broken up by the second episode and Emily seems not to be too broken up about it, as she kisses someone else in the very next episode.

Everything that has to do with her life in Chicago, besides the general backstory, seems unnecessary.

Since Emily is in marketing, social media is a large part of the show and was integrated using pop-ups. At first I found these graphics distracting, but as the media became more important to the plot, I began to appreciate them.

My fourth grade bedroom was filled with prints of the Louvre and Eiffel Tower decor. My Parisian fantasy had since left my bucket list until this show reignited it. Collins portrays the bubbly, slightly ignorant but likable Emily with just the right mix of innocence and sass.

The beautiful sets of cafés, art galleries and city parks successfully romanticized the city, while the show did the opposite to the people.

There are constant references to how rude, lazy and creepy French people are. While I have never met anyone French, I would have an issue with a show describing all Americans as fat and loud.

Emily’s outfits are the best thing about the show. I want to redo my entire wardrobe after watching the show. Emily is almost always seen in bright colors and bold patterns that make her stand out from her dark clothed cohorts.

Though the show has its issues, it is a fun watch and left me wanting to find out what happens next to “Emily in Paris.”