Daniel Zolghadri stars in director Owen Kline’s zany and fresh coming-of-age indie tale “Funny Pages,” which opens at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center Sept. 23.
Continuing is “Emily the Criminal.”
“Funny Pages” tells the story of Robert, a high school student and aspiring cartoonist, who rejects the comforts of suburban life. In this bitingly funny and playfully twisted coming-of-age story, he drops out of school and leaves home, and finds an unwilling teacher and unwitting friend in Wallace — a former low-level comic artist.
“Funny Pages,” which is rated R for violence, language, some graphic nudity and sexual content, is showing through Oct. 5.
“Emily the Criminal” tells the story of Emily (Aubrey Plaza) who is saddled with student debt and locked out of the job market due to a minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she takes a shady gig as a “dummy shopper,” buying goods with stolen credit cards supplied by a handsome and charismatic middleman named Youcef (Theo Rossi). Faced with a series of dead-end job interviews, Emily soon finds herself seduced by the quick cash and illicit thrills of black-market capitalism, and increasingly interested in her mentor Youcef. Together, they hatch a plan to bring their business to the next level in Los Angeles.
“Emily the Criminal,” which is rated R for brief drug use, violence and language, is showing through Sept. 29.