It is exactly what it is, harmless escapism, and on its own terms it is enormously successful. We wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s subversive, but Emily in Paris is definitely in on the joke. It winks at the audience. We know this is all ridiculous, it says, but don’t worry about it. Just keep watching.
Emily in Paris is a confection, a series so charming and fanciful that it becomes impervious to snobbery and cynicism. Star has served je ne sais quoi in a glittery package, a tray of macarons arranged neatly in a Ladurée display window, each episode providing a morsel of airy delight.
I personally loved this show. They represent Ukrainians in an odd way, but it's ok. Every other episode there was a very funny joke that made me replay the last 10 seconds of the episode a couple of times. They portray influencers as if they had braincells, but I'm pretty sure that isn't true. There was really nice scenery. In my opinion the characters were really poorly written, and the music couldn't have been matched in a worse way, but it's funny nonetheless. It's very fun to criticize this show among friends, which is what makes it as good as it is. This show also had some really intellectual quotes, I think you'll be able to point them our yourself (the quotes are really **** stupid and I want you to avoid them at all costs)
Important note: I loved this show because it's bad in a funny way, not because it's good.
Summary: Ukrainians steal, influencers are smart, French people are rude and Paris is made for tourists who wanna go shopping for million dollar clothes.
Everyone is over-acting to a borderline unconvincing amount. The series’ narrative progression is carefully curated to appeal to the tastes and sensibilities of viewers. ... Nothing happening in the series may be real, or important, but that’s never Star’s goal. Rather, each episode in Season Two is nothing more than a 30-minute escape, peering into a world that is mere fantasy, and is all the more entertaining for it, which, in this case, is enough.
It’s TV chick lit, a rom-com in a foreign location where nothing bad ever happens and the cute protagonist gets laid a lot on her way to having it all. But the complicating thing about Emily in Paris—the best thing about it really, the thing that turns it from a trifle people enjoy into a curiosity they enjoy insulting—is how brittle its protagonist is.
Here is a partial list of all the people who will not enjoy Netflix’s new series, Emily in Paris: 1. French people. ... 6. Anyone who has seen a picture of the Eiffel Tower. 7. Anyone who’s eaten a croissant. ... Emily in Paris is just Emily in “Paris”, and we ought to leave her there to get on with it.
The setting, music, and cinematography are well done and all of the actors are very attractive, so visually it's very pleasing but it's just not realistic at all unless you are among the very well paid salaried workers. She basically lives, works, and hangs out in the most charming areas of Paris and everyone she is around, including herself, look like models / former models. Both the culture clash (American in Paris) and the romance and the tension with other women are all really cliche. On the one hand, the mostly idyllic alt-reality escapism feels good at a time like we're in right now, but at the same time, if you're not well off and living a similar bougie lifestyle, it's very easy to feel envious and frustrated real life is nothing like this. Highly recommend watching Call My Agent! instead, an actual French comedy-drama series that is more realistic, though it exaggerates things for humor, and much better written. One of the actresses is actually in both shows. It's also on US Netflix right now with subtitles.
As a French person living in Paris, I feel highly offended by this piece of trash. Okay maybe not offended but It still is garbage. It's not funny and it feels like a Disney adaptation of Paris in a white privileged capitalist environment(which 99% of people do not have access to) This is far from reality and I hope people do not start believing this is how life is. Also, her carbon footprint is too high, she should be taking the velib(city bike of Paris) and the metro as a real Parisian. This tv show also glamorizing marketing, it is way less fascinating in real life. The only good part is that they denounce sexism in French culture.