Someone Great review - a coming of age romcom centred around female friendships
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The romcom is having a bit of a renaissance. We may never return to the heady zenith of the early-to-mid 2000s, but streaming services are churning out their own takes on meet-cutes and makeover montages regardless.
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The folk at Netflix HQ seem to have finally let their current teen movie muse Noah Centineo take a break from asking girls to prom and get back to being a discount Jaden Smith on Twitter. They’ve branched into pastures new; Someone Great is their latest offering. Gina Rodriguez (of Jane the Virgin fame) is Jenny Young, a music journalist living in New York City; the film centres around her and her two best friends from college, Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow). Jenny is about to move across the country to San Francisco, putting several states between the trio. They’re all teetering on the edge of 30. Their relationship statuses are in flux. In a nutshell: the three of them are going through it. Something that sets this film apart from the rest of Netflix’s bountiful romcom harvest is the age of its characters – most of these movies have high school students as their protagonists (albeit usually played by actors with a median age of 34, for some reason). Related to this, I found it reassuring to see characters who hadn’t achieved their all their goals straight out of college in traditional movie fashion – Jenny is nearly 30 and has just secured her dream job at Rolling Stone magazine. 29 is hardly ancient, I know, but it’s a lot easier to swallow than watching fictional teens have everything handed to them on a plate.
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