Emily in Paris (Netflix 2020)

4 Parisian Stars

Emily in Paris is a delightful series on Netflix consisting of ten episodes in the first season. I’ve never really cared to visit Paris, since it’s always my English roots calling my DNA. Nevertheless, Emily in Paris makes the city delightfully intriguing, romantic, and beautiful. Unfortunately, from what I read online, the French are not too happy with how they are being stereotyped in this less than acceptable portrayal of their culture. Even the English newspapers are calling it “excruciating” (read more here and read more here) and filled with clichés.

Since I cannot speak French, except to count to six, and barely can recognize a few printed words, I’m happy to say there are captions for us who didn’t pay attention in our French high school class. There are only a few occasions, since the series in in English.

The story revolves around Emily, a young and ambitious cute young lady from Chicago who goes to France for her job to give an advertising agency an American perspective. She is very in tune with social media, and arrives with ideas of how to bring their customers into a world they really don’t care about being part of. After all, the company represents brands of class for the rich, and what do they care about social media? Everyone in the office oozes sophistication, while Emily’s wardrobe is far too wild to be taken seriously.

Emily is immediately enthralled with Paris but also a bit confused as to the language, people, and culture. French people are mean. Everyone seems to exploit women in advertising, and sex is on their mind twenty-four/seven. Men have mistresses, and the language of love is far different than what she is used to from the United States. Nevertheless, the food is yummy, the male population flirtatious and good looking, and the city beautiful. She opens an Instagram account naming it “Emily in Paris” and posts pictures of her adventures, eventually becoming an influencer in her own right using her social media followers.

Of course, there is romance, a few sexual encounters (with not too much skin but a lot of moaning and humping), a definite lack of morality with all the players, wrapped up in a cute and delightful storyline that kept me binging six episodes before I finished off the last four the second day.

I am sorry that the series has offended the French on more than one level, but I’ll admit I’m one of those ignorant “hick” Americans who do not know very much about France or its culture, except the revolution, Marie Antoinette losing her head, and Napoleon causing problems for the English. If the city is really as beautiful and delightful as portrayed, I might visit some day.

If you’re looking for a young-at-heart series, no drama (except when the French insist that American romance happily ever after endings are for the birds and it’s not life), you may like this series. I’m looking forward to a second season and Emily’s adventures and love life coming to fruition.

I almost feel as if I need to apologize to any French people reading this review for my ignorance of your culture and my liking of this series. It’s nothing personal. If it makes you feel any better, I wrote my first book set in France in 1870. Of course, that hasn’t received very good reviews either having been trolled relentlessly because of the subject matter. I did, however, find researching the era fascinating.

Au revoir. 

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