Emiy in Paris Web Series Review
STORY: Emily lands her dream job when she ends up moving to Paris for a year, instead of her boss, to smooth things over for a new business merger. But does it all really go that smoothly for Emily?
REVIEW: Created by Darren Star of ‘Sex and the City’ fame, ‘Emily in Paris’ ticks off all the boxes when it comes to style and glamour with a heavy dollop of romance, roses and wine thrown in. When Emily’s (Lily Collins) boss in her Chicago marketing firm, Savoir discovers she is pregnant, she decides to send Emily instead to Paris to help with the new merger and bring an ‘American perspective’ to the way things work there.
Excited about her new position, Emily lands in Paris from Chicago expecting all the mystery and magic to unfurl itself instantly. But before things can begin to sparkle for her she has to deal with her new ‘Devil wears Prada’ style boss Sylvie (Phillippine Leroy-Beaulieu) and her unfriendly colleagues. To begin with, Sylvie is aghast that Emily has actually landed up to work in the office without knowing how to speak any French and somehow expects everyone around her to understand English. And to top it all, tries to bring in new rules and regulations from the Chicago office. It’s not long before, Emily’s American arrogance mixed with some amount of naivety gets a fair bit of snubbing. An unexpected break up, some heartache and the loneliness of being alone in a new city adds up and suddenly it seems as though Paris may not be that dream city for her afterall. So does Emily manage to make Paris her own finally?
With hot croissants, crepes, breakfast wines and the Eiffel Tower view in every glittering shade possible, ‘Emily in Paris’ makes for a very visually appealing show. Add to that, some dishy men like Chef Gabriel (Lucas Bravo), who is also Emily’s neighbour and perhaps a prospective romantic interest. And of course, oodles of high fashion given that Emily’s office couture with her high heels in tow, while a tad unrealistic, looks good in every frame! Sylvie’s stylish outfits also stand out every time she’s on screen. And so does Emily’s new friend Camille’s (Camille Razat) chic wardrobe. Although, there are too many happy coincidences that happen for workaholic Emily. Like she how unintentionally ends up being an Instagram influencer, which helps her leverage her position, in many conflicting situations. Or ends up getting invited to art gallery openings by someone she’s just met. And more such.
There is of course a clash of cultures, as one of Emily’s colleagues puts it – “Americans live to work, we work to live.” and follows it up with, “If you think work is happiness, then you don’t know what happiness is.” Eventually Emily has to work her way through understanding the cultural differences in work and relationship dynamics.
While the show does step on some broad cliches like “You haven’t done Paris right, unless you have had one wildly inappropriate affair” to “I’ll just smoke a cigarette for lunch” among others, its overall treatment with a blend of romance, comedy, wit and a slick look makes it a very watchable and enjoyable series. Even though superficial at times.
Lily Cooper as the American go-getter, Emily fits into her role perfectly. There’s a mix of vulnerability, warmth and stubbornness to her character, that Cooper exudes very well. Lucas Bravo will make you go weak in the knees for sure! With her chic outfits and her character’s clear disdain towards Emily and all her ideas, Phillippine Leroy-Beaulieu adds the perfect edge to the series. Camille Razat as Camille and Ashley Park as Mindy Chen also bring their spark to the show.
In these otherwise bleak times, when one can only dream of a trip to Paris with all the champagne, scintillating views and romance thrown in for good measure, ‘Emily in Paris’ makes for that perfect getaway! The one your mind is probably craving right now. Go ahead and say, “Enchante” to this romantic-comedy series for just that!
|Created by||Darren Star|
|Theme music composer||James Newton Howard|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Executive producer(s)||Andrew Fleming|
|Producer(s)||Stephen Joel Brown|
|Production location(s)||Île-de-France, France|
|Running time||24–34 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Darren Star Productions|
|Distributor||Netflix Streaming Services|
|Original release||October 2, 2020 –|
Emily in Paris Web Series Cast
- Lily Collins as Emily Cooper, a 20-something American who moves from Chicago to Paris for a social media strategy job at Savoir.
- Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu as Sylvie, Emily’s tough French boss at Savoir in Paris
- Ashley Park as Mindy Chen, a nanny and Emily’s first friend in Paris
- Lucas Bravo as Gabriel, Emily’s attractive downstairs neighbor, who is a chef and Emily’s love interest
- Samuel Arnold as Julien, Emily’s co-worker, trendy and high drama, he plays a funny duo with Luc
- Bruno Gouery as Luc, Emily’s quirky other co-worker, he plays a humorous duo with Julien
- Camille Razat as Camille, Emily’s new friend and Gabriel’s girlfriend
- Kate Walsh as Madeline Wheeler, Emily’s American boss in Chicago who cannot take the job in Paris after learning that she is pregnant
- William Abadie as Antoine Lambert, Emily’s client who owns a perfume company called Maison Lavaux and is having an affair with Sylvie
- Arnaud Viard [fr] as Paul Brossard, the owner of Savoir
- Roe Hartrampf as Doug, Emily’s boyfriend in Chicago.
- Charley Fouquet [fr] as Catherine Lambert, Antoine’s wife
- Eion Bailey as Randy Zimmer a well-known hotel owner
- Jean-Christophe Bouvet as Pierre Cadault, a famous flamboyant French designer and uncle of Mathieu
- Charles Martins as Mathieu Cadault, business man who becomes a love interest of Emily
- Aleksandra Yermak as Klara, representative of Hästens, a Swedish luxury bed maker
- Julien Floreancig as Thomas, a French snob, philosophy professor
- Carlson Young as Brooklyn Clark, a young and famous American actress
- Elizabeth Tan as Li, Mindy’s best friend who has brought her five bridesmaids to Paris to shop for her bride’s dress
- Victor Meutelet [fr] as Timothée, the younger brother of Camille
- Camille Japy as Louise, Camille’s mother
- Christophe Guybet [fr] as Gerard, Camille’s father
- David Prat as Théo, Camille’s other brother
- Faith Prince as Judith Robertson, a member of The American Friends of the Louvre
- Claude Perron as Patricia
- Isaiah Hodges as one of the two Grey Space designers
- Christophe Tek as one of the two Grey Space designers