Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise and LaKeith Stanfield
Quick Glance: Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) lands her dream job in San Diego, but Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) her boyfriend of 9 years won’t be joining. Before leaving New York for San Diego she gathers her two best friends Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise) to have one last epic adventure.
I love the vibe of this movie from the start. Yes, Jenny is drunkenly-miserable from her break up, but she is not going to sit around and feel sorry for herself. Well not the whole time! Instead, determined not to have a sad goodbye to NY, she recruits her friends to go to an exclusive concert. Every girl can relate to the drunk ugly crying when your heart has been shattered. But after you’ve completed that part of the break up stage then you get your girlfriends for a night out on the town. You have to try to keep yourself moving, because if you stop, then you’ll think of past times you’re trying so desperately to forget.
I really enjoyed watching Jenny and Nate’s relationship unfold in memories. We all have places that we tie to a memory of being with someone. As Jenny’s night continues, she ventures around the city and certain places will flashback memories she created with Nate. For the audience, we then get to reminisce with her and feel what she felt in the moment. But then Zap! Back to the present with the realization that these memories are long gone. With Jenny, it was not only locations but also songs. Her character had an infatuation for music and writing, and it was nice to see the songs tie into past memories with Nate. The audience could really see how she used music either to reminisce or forget her pain in whichever moment she was feeling. It also helped the viewer understand the need to follow her passion to her dream job in California to work for Rolling Stones Magazine.
The trio of ladies was fantastic! Each had their own problems that they were dealing with, and they were all close to my age (late 20s). I found it refreshing that they weren’t fresh out of college or, even worse, just out of high school. These were adult ladies dealing with that transition from “Oh I’m in my early 20s” to “I’m a real life adult now”. With your 30s on your horizon, there is less time to waste and you lose the excuse of blaming your mistakes on the ignorance of youth. This was very relatable!
The only letdown for me in this film was the severe drug use. It’s Netflix Original- so not rated. I get it, but I thought it was overkill. Usually films push just one type of drug these days, and it is mostly weed. However, this film had weed and molly—using them openly, even taking them on the street in public. Then after getting high, the girls would get separated from each other. This scared me-you’re in New York! Anything could happen to you. The actress Gina Rodriguez is currently on the show Jane the Virgin; therefore, she already has a fan base to draw to the movie. With the glorification of excessive drug use, I am concerned about the age range that will inevitably be drawn to this flick.
I really loved this quirky film. The overuse of drugs is my only complaint. Someone Great empowers friendship, letting someone go, and knowing that it’s okay to chase your dream.
Written By: Meagen Carone
Edited By: Kristen Smith