Emily in Paris: It’s Compelling and Controversial


October 13, 2020
Read Time: 2 minutes

Your virtual ticket to the ultimate “Parisian fantasy”



Emily in Paris caused quite the buzz recently with a mixture of both positive and negative reviews. The romantic comedy-drama has been the highlight of the week for those who are dreaming of a different time, one where tourism, fashion and social interaction were not taken for granted.



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Emily Cooper (Lily Collins) is a young, bubbly character from Chicago who is sent to Savoir, a French marketing agency. Emily struggles as she gets lost in translation every few minutes due to the drastic contrast between the American and French lifestyles. Emily remains determined to fit in while fulfilling her duties. Her new life in Paris is nothing short of a dream but the show has been criticized for portraying Parisian culture based on clichés. 



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From cigarettes and mistresses to croissants and berets, the show has been under fire for more than its postcard portrayal of Paris. From a professional marketing standpoint, Emily’s ladder to success is one easy climb. She effortlessly reaches 20,000 followers on Instagram just by posting selfies and boomerangs without thought. Emily also pushes her luck with every single client through elevator pitches and sugarcoated solutions. Her last-minute strategies won’t suffice for real-life blunders. 



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That said, like most Netflix shows, it’s a great escape from today’s current circumstances. The heavy Parisian aesthetic makes you feel as if you’re part of every scene. Not to mention, Emily in Paris is brought to us by the creator of Sex and the City, Darren Star


Emily’s attitude and style emulate a young Carrie Bradshaw with a hint of Rebecca Bloomwood from Confessions of a Shopaholic. Her femme fatale boss, Sylvie, shares the same characteristics as Miranda Priestley from The Devil Wears Prada (except Sylvie wears Louboutins), too. 


Despite the backlash, the show has sparked the interest of many who are in dire need of distraction. The show’s bound to be a guilty pleasure with its humorous dialogues, picturesque views, vogueish outfits and, of course, handsome romantic interests. Emily in Paris is a culmination of Darren Star’s creations with references and subtle nods to other iconic films. 


Love it or hate it, you can’t look away! There are only 10 episodes to binge and, trust me, you’ll want more by the end. I found myself Googling the release date for season two as soon as I hit the last episode. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, production sequencing is undetermined.   



Stream Emily in Paris only on Netflix.  



Words Marga Sibug

Art Matthew Fetalver

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