Aug 3, 2019
Saturdays, for the time being anyway, now belong to Amy Dobzynski, aka One Movie Spouse. She’s back this week with a Certified Fresh Netflix Original romantic comedy that is sure to entertain. Amy will be up with her thoughts in a minute, but for a few recent romantic comedies, check out her July review of “The Perfect Date” (Episode #524), our review for the smash hit “Always Be My Maybe” (Episode #513), and our review for last year’s “Love, Simon” (Episode #471). All three will be sure to put a smile on your face and deliver a hug to your heart.
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Hello! It’s me, Amy, aka One Movie Spouse back for another weekly review.
It’s been my pleasure to complete “movie review homework” this summer, and it’s my hope that once school is back in session later this month, I can keep up with my weekly reviews. I really love being a collaborator with One Movie Punch. In other news, BIG changes this week in the Twitter-verse: I changed by Twitter handle to @OneMovieSpouse. On my Twitter account you’ll find current events, positive quotes, and tidbits from life that make others laugh or smile... and, of course, MOVIES! Reach out and follow me! I’d love to hear from you.
Today’s movie is “Someone Great”, the romantic comedy written and directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. YES, break ups royally suck! Stop sobbing in your bathrobe, put down that ice cream spoon, and change out of your sweatpants as you join Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) and her friends for a memorable girls’ night out.
Today’s film really hits the mark on capturing the mixed emotions after a long-term break up. Robinson’s script and direction convey the deep heartache Jenny feels right after she and her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) break up, right before she moves to San Francisco for a great career opportunity. I just want to wrap her up in a big hug. Thankfully, she has two girlfriends willing and ready to help her bounce back and have a memorable evening before her departure to the west coast.
When I watch a film or TV show, I love trying to guess where I’ve seen the actors before. Thankfully, IMDB comes to my rescue when I can't recall them all. This film has several familiar faces that you’ll recognize immediately: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Lakeith Stanfield (“Sorry to Bother You” – Episode #371), and the always fabulous RuPaul! The cast help Jenny process the breakup, as she navigates the city’s locations, songs, and food, flashing back to memories with her former boyfriend. It makes your heart ache right alongside of hers.
Now, you may be thinking: What a depressing film! Why would I want to watch this if it’s so sad and heartbreaking? Because, being a young adult is all about experiencing life - all its ups and all its downs. And when you have best friends as amazing as Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow), you can get through anything! This dynamic duo dropped everything to cheer up their BFF.
Be warned that their FUN night out comes with plenty of drugs, alcohol, and sex. Oh, to be in my twenties again, and to be able to party hard without too much of a hangover the next day... Ooops, did I say that out loud?! This warning is attached here in case you were thinking of watching this film with your tween or teen; there are some scenes that while appropriate for a mature audience, not so much for the younger viewers.
Partying aside, Jenny has some important realizations about herself and embraces the changes that will come with her big move to the west coast. These have me cheering for her as a silent fourth wheel tagging along for the evening.
“Someone Great” is a film about unconditional love and friendship through all of life’s ups and downs. Fans of “Jane the Virgin”, romantic drama-dies, girls’ night out, and films about self-discovery will enjoy this film.
Rotten Tomatoes: 82% (CERTIFIED FRESH)
One Movie Punch: 7.0/10
“Someone Great” (2019) is rated R and is currently playing on Netflix.
Join me next Saturday when I’ll be reviewing “The Hate U Give”, the critically acclaimed drama with a very powerful message.
See you next week!