Someone Great (2019)

Someone Great
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Writer: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise, LaKeith Stanfield, Michelle Buteau, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Alex Moffat, Joe LoCicero, Rosario Dawson, RuPaul, Questlove, Jessie Reyez
Seen on: 24.4.2019

Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) just got her dream job as a music journalist. Unfortunately that means that she has to move from New York to San Francisco. Her boyfriend of many years Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) decides against a long distance relationshop and breaks up with her instead, leaving Jenny reeling. Fortunately she has her best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) to pick her up. They decide to go for a last night of partying together before Jenny has to move.

Considering that there really aren’t enough movies about women being friends (if you ask me), I was really looking forward to Someone Great. Unfortunately it was a little too much a party film and that just isn’t my cup of tea. I ended up wanting to like the film much more than I actually did.

The film poster showing Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) lying down with their heads close together.

Someone Great has a lot going for it, that’s for sure. Not only the angle of focusing on three women just being good friends with each other and being there for each other, but also the fact that the way the threesome goes partying is so utterly devoid of the stereotypes that we usually get when it’s all about “ladies’ night” or what have you.

But that latter aspect was also the biggest problem for me with the film: I just don’t care for party movies that is all about taking drugs half of the time. I just don’t get it, to be honest. I mean, I do, in theory, but it just doesn’t speak to me at all and watching people get high is usually pretty boring. For me, that drug-party-aspect unfortunately outweighed the interesting women and their friendship in this film.

Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) and Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) walking down a street, very much in love.

That being said, DeWanda Wise was so completely fantastic, I was utterly floored by her. Murphy and Rodriguez aren’t bad, either, but Wise stills the show in every frame she’s in. There were also some nice cameos and it’s always good to see LaKeith Stanfield, that’s a definite bonus right there.

Overall, the film was far from badly made and I am sure if your tolerance for party movies is higher than mine, or if you actually like them, you will definitely enjoy Someone Great. It just really doesn’t speak to me.

Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) in a grocery story, all with a shocked experession.

Summarizing: not my thing.

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