Is there such a thing as a self-love rom-com?
If there isn’t, Jennifer Robinson may have just created a new movie genre. Robinson directed the new Netflix movie, Someone Great and having just watched it for the third time; I must say that I am officially obsessed.
The film follows aspiring music journalist, Jenny (played by Gina Rodriguez) as she’s coming off of a break-up from her boyfriend of ten years, Nate (played by Lakeith Stanfield). She spends one of her last days in New York with her two best friends Erin (played by DeWanda Wise) and Blair (played by Brittany Snow) which then causes hilarity to ensue. Someone Great feels like a night-in with your girlfriends; it feels like the strong belly laughs, like the dancing as if nobody is watching and it feels like the crying on each other’s shoulders.
Gina Rodriguez truly cemented the character of Jenny with pure and genuine emotion. She forces the audience to invest in her well-being immediately and we all went through the ups and downs of a relationship right along with her. Gina portrays every emotion perfectly; the funny truly makes you laugh out loud and the sad is utterly heart wrenching.
Though the love-story was told out of sequence the movie easily found the truth within the relationship. I found myself rooting for Jenny and Nate; when they were hurting I found myself crying and when they were falling in love I found myself smiling. The chemistry between Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield was palpable which made for a passionate on-screen romance.
I am ecstatic to see that teenage girls who come across this film, will immediately be reminded that choosing yourself is always an option. Girls are brainwashed with the idea that our lives will be fulfilled once we fall in love. Now, its not that I’m disagreeing, but maybe we’ve had the message wrong this whole time. The falling in love part has to happen with yourself first though and this movie is a beautiful reminder of that.
The happy place however, is definitely in the friendship. It’s in the way that these three women accept each other’s flaws, call out each other’s bullshit and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. DeWanda Wise truly shined in every single scene she was in and I found myself instinctively gravitating towards the emotionally-unavailable character that was Erin.
Representation matters and consider me completely obsessed with the spanglish-speaking, music writer and dancing machine that was Jenny. Maybe it was the passion for music, maybe it was the graphic tee that celebrated her Latinidad and maybe it was the way her heart lead the way but I saw myself completely in Jenny. I felt the way she sometimes lost her way, I felt the second-guessing in her writing, I felt her fear of change, I felt the way she celebrated her girlfriends and I demand more movies like Someone Great immediately!
I don’t want to call the movie perfect, because I’m sure that it had it’s plot holes, but I am choosing to absolutely ignore its lack of perfection. The thing is, sometimes we don’t need to nitpick the art we consume, sometimes the film is so much bigger than that. So allow me to bask in the after-glow of watching Someone Great; give me a minute or two to dance to the soundtrack because who wouldn’t want Jessie Reyez, Lizzo and Big Freedia to soundtrack their lives? Do me a favor and start your self-care routine with this movie, I promise your heart will thank you for it.