Monday, May 6, 2019

Movie Review: "Someone Great" (2019)

Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Year: 2019
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 32 minutes

Jenny has just gotten a new job that is going to relocate her across the country. She also just broke up with her boyfriend of nine years. To help cope with her sadness and stress, she wants to get together with her two best friends to have one final night on the town before leaving New York for San Francisco.

Someone Great 2019 Netflix movie still Gina Rodriguez LaKeith Stanfield
"Unfortunately, sometimes things don't break, they shatter." (Image Source)
When we commit to someone, we are investing a lot of time, energy, and effort into a relationship. Some relations thrive, and others, not so much. The truth of the matter is, it doesn't always work out like you hope it will, even if started as something great. Netflix's "Someone Great" (2019) marks the feature film writing and directorial debut of Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. It tells the story of Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez), a writer who has gotten a job offer from Rolling Stone, which means she will need to relocate from New York to San Francisco. This move is the final straw in Jenny's long-term relationship with Nate (LaKeith Stanfield), her boyfriend of nine years. Upset and sad over her rapidly changing life, Jenny and her two best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) get together so they can have one last blow-out of smoking, drinking, and partying before she leaves the east coast. Her friends agree to one final soiree, and throughout their last day together, all three women work out the different relationship issues they are facing.
Someone Great 2019 Netflix movie still Gina Rodriguez DeWanda Wise
"You're trying to make me feel feelings like a motherfucking Pixar movie. (Image Source)
Look, we're not gonna lie to you. Netflix usually disappoints us. We have had constant bad luck with their originals, especially when they feature female-centered stories, like "Dude" (2018) and "Ibiza" (2018). We knew very little about Netflix's "Someone Great" (2019) going into it apart from knowing who was in the cast. Needless to say, we were shocked by how much we enjoyed this flick. It is a blast that makes for a raunchy but surprisingly heavy tale of love, loss, learning, and personal and romantic growth. Much of the fun stems from the fabulous chemistry shared between the three women in the film. Gina Rodriguez, DeWanda Wise, and Brittany Snow all do a fantastic job here, and they each play extremely well off each other. We believe them as a trio of close-knit friends, each of whom is going through life-altering issues and personal turmoil in some way or another. Each character offers a different perspective on relationships, and odds are, most viewers can relate to at least one of their trials, tribulations, and perspectives. Jenny has just gotten out of a long-term relationship with a person she believed to be "the one." Blair is stuck in a habit-based coupling that she's afraid to end because it is so comfortable and familiar. Erin is in a new, blossoming relationship where she fears commitment because of her less-than-stellar past experiences. The story also explores the preconceived notion of what happens when women reach the age of 30. It tells (in all its unrealistic, silly, outdated glory) what is expected of people by the time they hit that age and also shows how times have changed the status quo.
Gina Rodriguez DeWanda Wise Brittany Snow Netflix 2019 Something Great
"You're only as valuable as your profile pic now." (Image Source)
There is something for everyone in Netflix's "Someone Great" (2019). It is charming, fun, well-acted, realistic, and believable. We connected with these strong characters, we enjoyed watching them grow and make decisions in the short time we got with them, and most importantly, we loved watching them have a blast with each other while holding one another up through their highs and their lows. Take a chance on this film, we implore you!

My Rating: 8.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 7.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.1/10
RT Rating: 84%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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