‘Emily in Paris’ review: Part 2 is a shallow escape to France

Lily Collins’s return in the Emmy-nominated Netflix series is still struggling to justify the attention.

Half way through Part 2 of “Emily in Paris“, Emily (Lily Collins) is trying to convince Alfie (Lucien Laviscount), the handsome English classmate in her French immersion class, of the magic and horrors of living in the City, when Alfie confessed: “I don’t hate it, I just don’t buy into the hype. Paris was built on an imaginary story and I just happened to be able to see through it. ” Alfie’s statement doubles as a neat recap of the latest from the hugely popular show. Netflix series.

The brainchild of the producer/writer Darren Star (“Sex and The City”, “Younger”), “Emily in Paris” chronicles the professional and personal missteps of Emily Cooper, a growing aspiring marketing executive who is sent to Savoir , a small but prestigious French company, when Emily’s boss, Madeline Wheeler (Kate Walsh) has to leave due to unexpected pregnancy. The folks at Savoir aren’t too pleased to have Emily in their midst, especially her new boss, Sylvie Grateau (Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu), who quickly picks up on the “let’s fake it” approach until the you take Emily’s place, like the fact that Emily doesn’t speak or write French.

While Emily has trouble finding favor at work, her personal life is flourishing. On her first day at the office, she befriends Mindy Chen (Ashley Park), an aspiring singer and nanny of a wealthy French family with a secret of her own: Mindy’s father is “The Zipper King”, a billionaire based in Shanghai. Emily also meets Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), her handsome downstairs neighbor who works as a chef at a nearby pub. Her attraction to Gabriel is complicated when she accidentally befriends his girlfriend, Camille (Camille Razat). When Gabriel and Camille break up, Emily finds herself unable to resist Gabriel’s handsomeness and charm and sleeps with him in the Season 1 finale.

Season 2 begins in the aftermath of Emily and Gabriel’s night together, but the way Emily chooses to deal with her feelings while sleeping with her friend’s ex-boyfriend is one of the glaring weaknesses of “Emily in Paris.” Throughout the film, Emily is repeatedly told by Sylvie and others that Paris is a place to fall in love and make mistakes, and indeed while our twenties are the springboard of our lives, adulthood really comes from having to take responsibility for those mistakes and make amends. Unfortunately for the audience, the screenwriters of “Emily in Paris” were not interested in digging into any thoughtful analysis of their protagonist and her motives. The way Emily tries to hide her evening with Gabriel from Camille while continuing the friendship is truly astounding. While “Emily in Paris” clumsily acknowledges the gender difference between Americans and French, I think we can all agree that sleeping with your ex and then lying to her about it. that’s just a bad view, no matter which side of the Atlantic you’re on. is on.

This recklessness also followed Emily in her professional life. While her working relationship with Sylvie improved, she quickly lost goodwill with her boss when she nearly made Savoir fall in love with one of her most famous clients – erratic fashion designer Andre Cadault – by an Instagram post.

To distract herself from the entanglement of Gabriel and Camille’s love triangle, Emily finds a new love in the form of Alfie. Laviscount and Collins share a sweet and easy on-screen chemistry, but viewers will know better than to invest in the pair as Emily still has her eye on Gabriel.

Emily is in Paris. (L to R) Lucien Laviscount as Alfie, Lily Collins as Emily in episode 205 of Emily in Paris. Cr. Stephanie Branchu / Netflix © 2021

Lucien Laviscount and Lily Collins in “Emily in Paris”

Stephanie Branchu / Netflix

There are some bright spots for this season, like extra screen time for Emily’s BBF drama, Mindy. When Mindy was fired from her nanny contract, she decided to pursue a singing career full-time and was recruited into a band. Park, who scored a Tony Award nomination in the 2018 Broadway production of Mean Girls, not only brings some comedic vibes to the show, but also has a great voice, but the episodes wisely expressed.

There’s also more backstory for Sylvie, who was given more nuance after a disappointing relegation as the “old lady dragon boss” in Season 1. While American film and television have had the tendency to fail to portray the sexuality of women over 50, Sylvie is allowed to have a sublime love life and more importantly not be penalized for her sex organs because of her age . There is also a nicely written scene in Episode 3 where Sylvie teaches Andre Cadault about beauty and aging in the fashion industry.

There is also a deeper exploration of the American work culture in “Emily in Paris,” which resonates even more strongly due to the global pandemic and the stay-at-home mandates that force them. We must reevaluate our relationships for work/life balance. While Season 1 showed Emily’s high personality in contrast to what she considers the laid-back corporate culture at Savoir, Emily is beginning to see the value in rest and relaxation that the French value and the way it really improved both her personal and professional life.

Season 2 of “Emily in Paris” offers a grip when it comes to the great cinematography of Steven Fierberg, who shot Paris so beautifully that it will feed your inner lust and great costume design. by Marilyn Fitoussi. If you meet “Emily in Paris” there – as pure escapism – it is an acceptable viewing experience. But don’t look anything deeper.

Grade: OLD

“Emily in Paris” Season 2 premieres Wednesday, December 22 on Netflix.

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