Aubrey Plaza gets one of her best roles to date as a debt-ridden Angeleno who finds work in the dangerous gig economy of the underworld.
Me liked Plaza on Parks and Rec, but what really sold me on her as actress was Legion. And Legion not was great show — it had some great visuals, but me find Umbrella Academy improved on formula because at least that show understand that at its heart, it just as dumb as it is clever. But me just kept tuning in to watch Aubrey Plaza, who was absolutely magnetic in that role. It what make me want to watch her in everything, and this role seem perfectly suited to her talents, and like it was grown in lab specifically for me to watch.
2020's BLACK BEAR (streaming on Prime now) is what finally had me reappraising Plaza and seeing much more than the deadpan comedy chops she brought to PARKS & REC. While her emotional range to date is far from dynamic, she makes expert use of her assets to create a singular screen persona. She's also showing great taste in projects. And those EYES.
The most chilling line in this film comes near the end when Emily reveals what the second felony was and says "I should've hurt [them] more so [they'd] be too scared to go to the police." That following the banger of a scene with the film's surprise "And..." role along with the implication Emily's friend has been lying to her the entire time by working for free is so devastating that you're either being beaten up or the one doing the beating and getting away with it.