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Somebody I Used to Know – Movie Review
February 10, 2023

Synopsis: On a trip to her hometown, workaholic Ally reminisces with her ex Sean and starts to question everything about the person she’s become. Things only get more confusing when she meets Cassidy, who reminds her of the person she used to be.
Director: Dave Franco
Stars: Alison Brie, Jay Ellis, Kiersey Clemons Haley Joel Osment

Alison Brie is an actress who has been in comedies (Community) and drama (Promising Young Woman) and now she is tackling the beloved ‘Rom Com’. She teams up with her husband-director Dave Franco as they wrote the script for this movie after being inspired by the genre. This isn’t their first collaboration but unlike their last film together, The Rental, they aren’t out to scare us this time around.

In a big stretch Alison Brie plays, Ally!. Ally is a movie producer of a reality show and situations arise for her to leave the lights of Hollywood and come back to her much more subtle hometown.

Ally heads to her mom’s house and her mother (Julie Haggerty) is a free spirit and seems the opposite of her more reserved daughter. Ally runs into her ex-boyfriend Sean (Jay Ellis) and it turns out she left home and Sean to pursue her career.

After an evening of fun and spontaneity old feelings start to surface on her part for Sean. Brie and Ellis are very believable as a former couple and their chemistry on screen is very authentic.

Just as Ally is thinking that she is about to get a second chance at love wouldn’t you know Sean is engaged! Awkward. Well Ally isn’t going to exit stage left but she’s going to see what might happen between her and Sean.

This is a fun romantic comedy in that Brie has that Sandra Bullock..Meg Ryan…romantic comedy ‘cute’ factor in that her character is likeable and many will find her relatable.

Brie captures the essence of this character in that we feel her anguish and insecurities. This role probably challenged her more and she delivers a very good performance.

Jay Ellis has transitioned well from his last role of Top Gun: Maverick. Ellis is enjoyable as the co-lead in the film.

Franco and Brie have done a good job with this script. The evolution of romcoms have changed and this film feels more realistic than some of the films we have encountered in the past. The characters feel more genuine and relatable.

The film at times may feel predicable but it’s more of an anthem for self appreciation and confidence.

Grade: B-

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