Someone of great tells the story of Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) the day after her breakup with Nate (Lakeith Stanfield), her nine-year-old boyfriend. Jenny urges her best friends, Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise), to get to work and join her for a day dedicated to drinking alcohol, drugs and a great concert.
The emotional whiplash of realizing that Jenny's breakup was LESS THAN A DAY AGO never completely dissipates. The sentimental flashbacks tell more about her relationship with Nate, and even though many of them date back years ago, the fact is that she saw this man last night.
We are not all in a nine-year relationship that has ended, but presumably this first day is a literal hell. Your best friend would not suggest that someone "fuck the Nate out of you" and that the classic "fuck him, no matter", mentality could still be a dream.
When Jenny finally sees Nate (at the concert, which she has conspired to see), her breath hangs in her throat and they make eye contact from afar. These people may have seen each other 20 hours ago. Are not they texting to know when to "pick up my things at home" or even a tide of "I love you" and "I miss you"?
The film romance a devastating break as a catalyst for life change and personal growth. At some point, someone says to Jenny, a day after his break"You have been blessed with a broken heart, when it does not hurt anymore, it is then that it is really over." Live it as long as you can.
Say what you want about pain informing the art and all that, but the immediate consequences of a romantic disaster are not a place to live.
The fundamental problem here is that you never come to invest in a couple in Jenny and Nate. The movie does not necessarily advocate that they get back together, but you can not even sympathize with the breakage as it is built. All flashbacks and aperture editing in your face are at best at the surface level; they show Jenny and Nate sharing physical chemistry and important moments in life, such as job updates, before they forget more and more as their schedules fill up.
There is a scene – a piece of scene, really – that gives us a glimpse of what this pair is actually like a couple. During the college years, they decide to order food and Jenny offers options online. "Let her see, let me see, give me all the food, All, the food," she said (which looks like a Rodriguez ad lib).
Nate's little smile on the other side of the room says it all. You can text anybody about getting a promotion at work, but you can only move to sing an invented song while ordering to take away with someone else's very special. This is the relationship, the little silent moments they share alone.
Someone of great really misses giving us more of those moments – not just between Jenny and Nate, though they can really use it, but even with girlfriends. Jenny, Erin, and Blair have distinct personalities and intrigues, but they spend a lot of time during the movie. There is the impression that two arcs are paused while the others are advancing; you forget Jenny and Nate, or Erin and Leah, or Blair and her boyfriend, when none of them is on the screen – and indeed, the other characters seemingly of the same kind.
When they are together, it is to discuss the logistics of entering Neon Classic or drinking a ton of tequila (in a certainly entertaining montage) and to make a little mole. If you are going to see a movie about debauchery in a group of friends, it must have a broader purpose. Agitated night had a murder, Ibiza had a quest, Girls' travel had the kind of chemistry and comedy that could carry a movie themselves. Someone of great You do not have any of these things.
Rodriguez gives his heart and soul to his performance as usual, bringing more emotion than this character or film deserves. Stanfield infuses Nate with his strange gravitas signature, while Wise and Snow play satisfactorily against each other with limited content. Michelle Buteau's deliciously disturbed cameo arrives far too early and, although the RuPaul interlude looks like a stretch, it's not badly received.
If nothing else, Someone of great is a fast film to discover and present for its stars. Although unsatisfactory in terms of relationships, it may inspire you to look for texts that explore this issue better, or to reflect on your own friendships and loves and what brought them out.
Someone of great is now streaming on Netflix.