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“Someone Great,” a female friendship raunch-com starring Gina Rodriguez, is a remarkable addition to its genre — and not just because of its subversive gender representation. This film, almost as dense with jokes as it is with drinking and drug use, is definitive proof that Rodriguez has comedy-movie-star chops. It is also a winsome debut from “Sweet/Vicious” (R.I.P.) creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. But while this guffaw-inducing gem of a film likely would not exist without distributor Netflix, who gave Robinson authorial free reign as writer/director, its online-only release is perhaps its greatest foible.
The film follows Jenny (Rodriguez), an emotional and vibrant film journalist who just landed her dream job at Rolling Stone. Unfortunately, the gig will move her from New York to San Francisco, and her longtime boyfriend Nate (Lakeith Stanfield) decides he can’t handle the distance. In the throes of breakup grief, Jenny enlists her best friends Blair (Brittany Snow) and Erin (DeWanda Wise) to skive off from work, score good drugs, and accompany her to the Neon Classic — a fictional music festival which, according to this film, is very fun and important.
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Yet despite its whip-smart script and pitch-perfect performances,...
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