New Netflix original “Someone Great” manages to be both heartwarming and comedic

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Five minutes in and I’m already crying. The story of Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez) is one that many, if not all of us, can relate to. When her boyfriend of nine years, Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) breaks off their relationship after she gets her dream job at The Rolling Stones in San Francisco, Jenny goes into a bit of a funk. Luckily, her three best friends, Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise) are there to help her push through her heartbreak.

Someone Great is a heartwarming film that combines female empowerment, amazing music, and an enthralling story into one hour-and-a-half long package. The female-centric story creates a sense of a modernistic plot. Even though the story essentially revolves around the breakup of a long-term relationship, the majority of the film is spent focusing on the three friends and their unique personalities.

Not to mention, the representation put out by the movie is unparalleled. The three women and their various interconnecting lives are shown in a multitude of situations throughout Someone Great. Lesbian relationships, interracial relationships, and lost lovers are only a small part of the modern situations that are depicted.

Because it features well-known actors, the movie has been held to very high standards. And, I think it’s safe to say that it lived up to them. While the actors looked lovingly into each other’s eyes, it’s hard not to be convinced that they are actually deeply and truly in love. This, combined with their amazing acting skills, makes for a cast of universally lovable personas.

The amount of character development contained within a mere hour and a half is almost unimaginable. Each of the three friends manages to work through their own relationship struggles in the process of helping Jenny through hers.

Switching back and forth between scenes post and pre-breakup only adds to the element of being inside of Jenny’s personal story. With added elements of characteristic friend drama, the plot moves just quickly enough to stay interesting, while remaining slow enough to be understandable. Not to mention, the emotional soundtrack, comprised of artists like Vampire Weekend, Lorde, and Frank Ocean creates an overall mood of sadness and sorrow.

Someone Great has the ability to remain hilariously relatable while still managing to maintain an emotional edge. Many times, I found myself laughing out loud only minutes after balling my eyes out.

There were, however, times when the movie got a bit hard to watch. But the rating (R) is a good indication of what is to be expected throughout the film. It is something to take into consideration, though, if you are planning to watch this movie in the presence of younger viewers.

In its entirety, Someone Great is as equally heartbreaking as it is heartwarming. A combination of well-known and talented actors, an emotional soundtrack, and an enthralling plot make for a movie that’s hard to stop watching.

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