Netflix’s Someone Great shows the importance of friendship

Someone Great - Credit: Sarah Shatz
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Netflix shows a strong real-life look at relationships and aging in their most recent romantic comedy Someone Great. Read our review and recap of the film.

Netflix recently said they denounce the term “chick flick” because it may be misconstrued as offensive. I can see where they’re coming from, but that’s neither here nor there. I still find the term to be incredibly appropriate for the debut film from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, the Netflix original film Someone Great.

This film is extremely important and should be seen by all!

Someone Great tells the tale about Jenny, played by Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin. Now, Jenny is dealing with a tough breakup with her longtime boyfriend Nate (Lakeith Stanfield). Jenny seeks the help from her two best friends Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise). The trio then goes for a day adventure to help Jenny get over her lost love, but they all learn an important lesson along the way. This points out the importance of having good close friends that want to help you grow and flourish in life.

Though the title may suggest that each girl will find “someone great,” they realize that not all great someone’s need to be a romantic partner. Erin learns that relationships require a special vulnerability. She is vulnerable in one way with her friends and learns a new one with her girlfriend. Blair learns that not all plans work out, and not base her romantic life on her other friend relationships. They’re separate and her friends will be happy for her as long as she’s happy. Jenny learns what may be the most important lesson of all: Even though a relationship may not last forever, it doesn’t make it less important. Never regret the time you had with a person because it shapes who you are later.

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The few flaws people may find in the film, such as some stereotypical characters, the generic setting, and heavy-handed tropes, can be made up for in the important lessons of moving on, not regretting past relationships, being vulnerable, and simply growing into the person they were meant to be.

On top of that, the three leads have incredibly chemistry and just vibe off each other really well. There are some scenes that feel incredibly authentic.

There is one scene where the three girls have a karaoke session in a convenience store to Selena’s “I’m Dreaming of You” only to be kicked out. Jenny then gets frustrated and takes some molly even though they were saving that for when they were going to a concert later. Erin says “She seems…” and Blair interrupts with “Yep!” as they chase after Jenny. This moment just feels so genuine that you can’t help but giggle and feel like you’re actually watching friends help each other get over a breakup.

Someone Great is a very relatable film because it truly feels like a threesome of best friends would handle themselves in this situation regardless of their gender. Though the general situation of all three were relatively successful by the age of 29 may not be representative of the masses, it helps set the scene in a necessary fashion.

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I related heavily to this film because I sometimes think I should be more successful than I am at my age, but then I realize I have a lot of life left to live. The accepting of a relationship ending is also incredibly relatable for everyone, whether it be a friendship ending or a romantic relationship, each was important and you should be thankful of the time you had with them because it helped shape your character today.

I think this was a strong debut from writer/director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. She had some really impressive technical work in Someone Great. I thought it was really interesting, and surprising, to have the relationship between Jenny and Nate play out as the film went on but with a series of flashbacks interspersed throughout. The way the most idealistic and “perfect” moments were remembered with a slightly fuzzy look because they were memories was cool in comparison to the clarity the camera held when it was back in current time and focusing on reality. It’s like the camera work was a way to tell that Jenny had to deal with the harsh reality of the breakup because she had good times as a couple with Nate, but ultimately they were not compatible for the long term.

Someone Great may not be a perfect film, but it is a very strong showing for Robinson. It excites me to see what she will produce in the future. All the flaws and stereotypes can, and should, be noted, but they are overshadowed by what the film does right. The important lessons and strong chemistry make the viewer feel like part of the gang. Though we are watching a trio of friends, it gives the viewer the feeling of being the fourth person there. I give Someone Great 4 out of 5 stars.

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