‘Someone Great’ Is A Love Story To Breakups

By Kate Feldman
New York Daily News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) As Kate Feldman reports, there is something different about the new rom-com “Someone Great.” Feldman suggests that the film is about losing your guy and finding yourself, about embracing change and being strong and brave and free.

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When did “rom-com” become a bad word?

At some point, movies aimed at women of a certain age, not quite settled down with a spouse and kids, but old enough to make adult decisions, became a joke, a guilty pleasure meant to be enjoyed in secret and never spoken of in public. Romantic comedies weren’t considered good enough to stand up for themselves.

“Clueless” and “10 Things I Hate About You” never tried to be “Casablanca.” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “Set It Up” succeeded at exactly what they wanted to accomplish. Sometimes you just need a lighthearted misadventure with good clothes and friends who can drop everything to get drunk at noon in the middle of the week.

Netflix’s “Someone Great” fits the bill.

On the surface, it looks like a color-by-numbers millennial movie: a music critic, Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), moving from New York to San Francisco for work, gets dumped by her boyfriend of nine years (Lakeith Stanfield) and goes on one last bender with her best friends (DeWanda Wise and Brittany Snow) before uprooting her life.

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