Everyone has a memory of their first big heartbreak, the one where specific songs and specific places take you back so vividly that you almost feel like that you are back in that moment again.
Someone Great tells the story of Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), a 29-year-old music journalist who just landed her dream job at Rolling Stone which requires her to move across the country from New York City to San Francisco, leaving behind her long-term boyfriend Nate (Lakeith Stanfield) and her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow). The premise of the film is about Jenny’s last day in NYC with her friends as they try to find their way into a pop-up concert, they try to score some drugs, Jenny deals with her heartbreak and all three girls deal with a turning point in their lives as they leave their 20’s and things change.
It is essentially a buddy comedy rather than a romantic comedy, sort of like The Hangover with female leads. It’s refreshing to watch a comedy with a diverse group of female leads who let loose without there being dramatic consequences. In many ways, it also felt extremely realistic, and it is evident that it was written and directed by a woman (Jennifer Kaytin Robinson), it had a sort of purity that comes from someone that knows the characters that they are writing about.
And for those of us that watch many romantic comedies, we will be well versed in the two-beat best friend characters that are just there to lift up a mirror to our main characters, but Erin and Blair are full characters on their own. Erin has been living a wild child life after a college rejection and is having trouble admitting to the fact that she might just want to make a commitment to her current partner, whereas Blair is a Type-A romantic with a very boring boyfriend although she has a secret that her friends aren’t proxy to. The characters don’t feel incomplete. Even Nate, who we only meet through the eyes of Jenny and her memories, is seen as sympathetic and honest. This is a film about women by women and it shows.
The break-up, itself, is necessarily seen as something hurtful or particularly sad, more like the end of an era. A change in lifestyle, a big move, or a big birthday, is usually a signal for new beginnings, a maturing, and through Jenny’s cross-country move Jenny herself, as well as Erin, Blair and Nate, are forced to confront the changes in their own lives and make adjustments accordingly.
With cameos from some of our favourites like RuPaul, Jaboukie and Rosario Dawson, and a soundtrack that boasts music from Lil Kim and Lorde and a very memorable scene with Erin and Jenny twerking around their apartment to Lizzo’s ‘Truth Hurts’, Someone Great is a wonderful celebration of friendship, of growing up, and love.
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You can watch Someone Great on Netflix now.
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