Aubrey Plaza – Funny People (DVD) Review
The American actress Aubrey Plaza is a well-known comedic talent who has earned her a loyal fan base. She is known for her deadpan delivery and sharp wit.
She is of Puerto Rican descent. Her mother is from San Juan, Puerto Rico and her father is from the United States.
April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation
Aubrey Plaza is a rising star with an uncanny knack for stealing scenes in movies and TV shows. Her breakout role on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation – as cynical assistant April Ludgate – landed her a fan base who couldn’t help but typecast her as an unrepentant deadpan snarker.
After the series ended, Plaza carved out a successful indie film career. She’s since starred in the comedy Ingrid Goes West, the thriller Life After Beth and the upcoming film Black Bear.
She’s also been nominated for the Golden Globes, as well as having her work featured on FX’s Legion. It’s no wonder she’s one of the most popular young comedic actors in Hollywood right now.
Daisy on Funny People
The lone female character of consequence in Funny People is Daisy (Aubrey Plaza), an aspiring stand-up comedian who has no qualms about sleeping with famous men just because they’re famous. She’s a mordant Janeane Garofalo type in the world of Adam Sandler and Judd Apatow, who play George Simmons and Ira Wright, two aspiring comedy stars.
Apatow’s film is a mix of comedy and drama, but it never manages to find its own identity. There’s a good mix of jokes and moments that elicit laughter, but the movie is so long that it’s difficult to stay interested.
This is a brave move by Apatow, but it’s also a frustrating one. The 2 1/2-hour running time is too long, with extensive and pointless cameos and an unfocused plot that isn’t anchored by a solid storyline or character development. It’s a pacing problem, and the film suffers because it takes the opportunity to be more than it is.
Ingrid Goes West
Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid Thorburn, an unhinged social media stalker who moves to Los Angeles to befriend a popular Instagram “influencer.”
She becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), whose perfectly curated lifestyle has garnered her a devoted following. As their friendship grows, Ingrid begins to feel like she’s finally found a new friend.
Ingrid has a hard time telling the difference between “likes” and meaningful relationships, and her relationship with Taylor soon takes a dark turn. Her obsession isn’t helped when Taylor’s brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen) ruins everything she’s worked so hard to achieve.
Matt Spicer’s debut feature, co-written with David Branson Smith, is a darkly funny satire of the modern world of social media. Its best moments are its most harrowing, but sometimes it falls flat when more complacent comedy is forced upon it.
Emily the Criminal
When struggling artist Emily (Aubrey Plaza) finds herself buried in debt due to student loans and a felony conviction, she turns to a life of crime to help her out. The film, which premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, has received praise from critics and is now available on Netflix.
The plot centers on Emily, who works as a “dummy shopper” for an online credit card fraud ring and gets paid $200 for an hour’s work. However, the job isn’t enough to make ends meet.
She eventually meets Youcef, the ringleader of the scam, who instructs her to purchase expensive merchandise using stolen credit cards and then resell them for a profit. After she proves she can do this, she and Youcef set their sights on higher goals.
They decide to rob Khalil, the head of the organization. But when they arrive, they discover that Khalil has already emptied his and Youcef’s shared bank account.
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