Emma Roberts’ Best Movie Is A Wild Thriller And It’s Streaming For Free

Emma Roberts' 2016 thriller Nerve is streaming for free (with ads) on Pluto TV.

By Jessica Goudreault | Updated

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Emma Roberts is known for her roles in We’re the Millers and American Horror Story, but her best movie to date is Nerve, a wild thrill ride from 2016. The original concept of this action/adventure movie will keep audiences entertained and guessing until the very end. And best of all, Nerve is now streaming for free (with ads) on Pluto TV, so you can watch it right now.

The film centers around Emma Roberts who is a timid yet curious high school senior. She joins “Nerve,” a popular online game of truth or dare that leads her to a mysterious, handsome stranger (Dave Franco). As the two pursue more adventures and cash rewards from Nerve, things quickly become more than just fun and games.

The journey truly begins when Emma Roberts’ character, Vee, begins playing the Nerve game where she is dared to kiss a random stranger for five seconds in order to win $100. Roberts chooses the mysterious and handsome young man (Dave Franco) sitting alone in a diner booth as her target. After sparks fly, the two of them continue to get intriguing dares from the Nerve game, though the stakes get higher and more dangerous as the reward amounts increase.

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In addition to starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, Nerve also stars Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Juliette Lewis, Kimiko Glenn, and Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly, in his first major film. The movie was directed by best buds, Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost—the directing team that is best known for their work on Project Power, Catfish, and Paranormal Activity 3. The two are working on two more promising adventure films: Mega Man (based on the best-selling video game series) and The Monkey Wrench Game.

This film brought Emma Roberts and Dave Franco together again after they both starred in the music video, Cults: Go Outside in 2011. Dave Franco, known as James Franco’s little brother, typically stars in comedies like Neighbors, 21 Jump Street, and The Disaster Artist. However, he has been in plenty of diverse films, like the crime mystery Now You See Me, the action animation The Lego Movie, and the upcoming romance thriller Love Lies Bleeding.

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Nerve also reunites Emma Roberts and Emily Meade, who were both in the 2010 action drama Twelve starring Chace Crawford, though they did not appear in any of the same scenes. Emily Meade is best known for her roles in The Deuce, The Leftovers, and Boardwalk Empire, and she has been in 31 films and counting. Her latest role is Susan in the horror TV series, Dead Ringers; a show about identical twin women (both played by Rachel Weisz) who are determined to change how women give birth.

With a loosely similar theme to movies like Phone Booth, The Belko Experiment, and Cube, the movie Nerve received an honorable 6.5/10 on IMDb, 67 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and 81 percent from Google users. It grossed $9.4 million on its opening weekend in the United States and Canada and went on to gross $85,251,425 worldwide.

Nerve was adapted from the young adult fiction novel written by Jeanne Ryan. The author has since released another thriller fiction novel, Charisma, which offers a unique science fiction spin on the plot. Perhaps this novel will get a movie adaptation as well, but only time will tell.

Interestingly, Emma Roberts chose to take on her role in Nerve over Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, which then went to Margot Robbie. But perhaps Roberts is destined to be in the action film world, as she recently confirmed she will make her Marvel debut in Sony Pictures’ new “female-driven” film, Madame Web. Though Dakota Johnson is cast as the lead role in this Spider-Man spinoff, Emma Roberts will play Mary Parker alongside fellow stars Adam Scott, Sydney Sweeney, and Isabela Merced.

Famously known as Julia Roberts’ niece, Emma Roberts began her acting career at the young age of ten. Her first role in a feature film was in the 2001 crime drama Blow, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz. Since then, Roberts has acted in 58 films, produced several movies and TV shows, and been nominated for People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and Young Artist Awards, among many others.