Netflix’s original movie Someone Great has set a new bar for chick flicks and it’s pretty high. From dealing with relationship issues to learning how to leave one era of your life behind in order to move forward, Someone Great is a movie with a strong, diverse cast of women that we desperately needed to see.
There are going to be some spoilers so if you haven’t watched the movie, do that now and come back!
The movie follows Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), Erin (DeWanda Wise), and Blair (Brittany Snow) as they navigate the last year of their twenties. For over an hour and a half, we get to watch Jenny work through a tough break up. After spending most of her twenties with a man she believed she would be with forever, the threat of a long distance relationship was the final straw.
After a normal phase of longing to get back with him, we see Jenny do what she does best- write. In what is probably one of the most powerful moments of the film, Jenny is sitting on the subway writing a letter to her ex-lover describing in detail her wishes for reconciliation, even if for just one night. But towards the end she realizes that it isn’t meant to be and makes amends.
Making amends is a prevalent theme throughout this film. Especially when it comes to relationships. Blair broke up with her boyfriend after finally accepting the fact she was settling in her relationship. She knew she was unhappy but, for a while, stuck it out.
Erin struggles throughout the movie with commitment to her possible girlfriend. She avoids meeting her friends in fear they won’t like her. Not to mention the implication of a more serious relationship than she may be ready for. She purposely puts herself in a position of detachment so the only one who can be blamed for her pain is herself.
In one of my favorite lines in the movie, Blair asks what Erin is so afraid of when it comes to commitment and the change swirling around them all. Erin passionately answers “Everything”.
I promise the delivery is more wonderful and goosebump causing in the film. The message is extremely relatable no matter what stage of your life you’re in. It’s utterly terrifying to graduate high school and go to college or to graduate college and move on to the real world.
Change is terrifying but it is unavoidable. It shouldn’t impact your decisions or your relationships.
Someone Great showcases the depth of women we don’t get to see in traditional chick flicks. Yes, there is romantic pursuit and heartbreak. But there’s also an emphasis on following your passion no matter what change may happen as a result. Jenny risks her relationship and the comfort of living near her two best friends to move to San Francisco and work at Rolling Stone.
We see all three of these activity taking steps towards what they want, no matter how scary it is. They aren’t dependent on their romantic partner nor are they playing the damsel in distress. These are depictions of real women dealing with real, relatable issues.
As someone who has felt lost more times than she can count after graduation, seeing these smart women deal with similar issues was refreshing. I’ve spent most of this post talking about Jenny because I related to her the most. Her use of writing as both a career choice and venting mechanism. Taking a job in which she can write about and immerse herself in music is something I’ve dreamt of.
I didn’t expect to feel as inspired and moved as I was when I watched this movie. No matter where you come from or what you are dealing with, there’s something everyone can relate to. Thank you Jennifer Kaytin Robinson for writing and directing this.
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