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Friendship, Breakups, RuPaul and Gina Rodriguez Shine in Someone Great

So, how do women determine how to find ‘someone great?’  For me, it’s all about a sense of humor.  If a dude can make me laugh…I’m all in hook, line and sinker.

Directed by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Someone Great has the energy of the 90’s classic ‘About Last Night’ just a little edgier and strictly from the female point of view.  Jenny Young (Gina Rodriguez) is an idealistic writer with aspirations of nabbing a great gig.  She finally does and it turns her world and relationships upside down. This gig involves a relocation to the opposite coast and means leaving the care free days of college and the relationships that represents that time behind.  Not to mention, a totally devastating break-up with the guy she without a doubt thought was ‘someone great.’

Robinson’s choice of grabbing the story at the moment Jenny meets Nate (Lakeith Stanfield) and going backwards in time via high-speed Internet posts (ala Searching with John Cho) to illustrate how we got to the break-up, the epic last night in Manhattan with besties Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (Dewanda Wise) and how they all find the resolution with love and/or life is hilarious.  Why?  It takes a gut wrenching break-up and with humor to shows there is always a blessing with a broken heart.  If you’re lucky, you will grow, learn and become a more enlightened, mature, wiser version of the previous you.

The script is witty and funny with lines like “mistaking a rat for a chihuahua”, “weed is like catsup…it doesn’t go bad” or my personal favorite from the subway scene where a zaftig chick waiting for the train looks at Jenny and says “we look like before and after pictures.”

This poem that Jenny writes sums up Someone Great in a nutshell…

“Do you think I can have one more kiss.  I’ll find closure on your lips and then I’ll go.  Maybe also one more breakfast, one more lunch and one more dinner – I’d be full and happy and we can part.  But, in between meals, maybe we can lie in bed on more time.  One more prolonged moment where time suspends indefinitely as I rest my hand on your chest.  My hope is that if we add up all the ‘one mores”, they will equal a lifetime and I’ll never have to get to the part where I let you go.”

Now streaming on Netflix and complete with a surprisingly fantabulous cameo by RuPaul Someone Great is a an awesome cautionary tale of how ambition can kill a relationship that is not secure from the start.  But, it also eloquently shows how to let go and move on to the next chapter of life with grace and dignity.

I love, love love movies, watching them and discussing them...thus the birth of The Curvy Film Critic!!! Host/Producer/FilmCritic,Carla Renata is a member of such esteemed organizations as Critics Choice Association (Co-President Documentary Branch and Board Member), African American Film Critics Association and Online Association of Female Film Critics. My op-eds or features have been seen in Variety , RogerEbert.com, The Wrap The Cherry Picks, as well as being a frequent Guest Contributor to Fox 11-LA, Good Day LA, ET Live!, Turner Classic Movies, The Cherry Picks, The Stream Team (Beond TV) ITV, Fox Soul's The Black Report, The ListTV and more. Catch my reviews on The Curvy Critic with Carla Renata - LIVE!!! Sundays 5pm PST via You Tube or Facebook Live. If you like what you read please shout me out and subscribe to The Curvy Critic on YouTube. You can chat with me across all social media platforms @TheCurvyCritic and as always, thanks for supporting a sista'

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