For as many films there have been about love, there have been an equal number, if not more, of them about heartbreak. Netflix’s 2019 slate of new releases seems very focused on the genre of romcom, and ‘Someone Great’ is its latest entry. It is the best way to spend your weekend if you too have met with the misfortune, or as one of the characters in the film calls it, “a blessing” of a broken heart. It will make you laugh, maybe even cry, and perhaps give some great tips about how to get over your own breakup. Despite its shortcomings, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson’s directorial debut has a lot to offer. Before making your way further into the article, I suggest you watch the film first because even though you can’t expect any big plot-twists in a romantic comedy, you wouldn’t want to spoil the story for yourself. If you haven’t seen the film yet, head over to Netflix.
Summary of the Plot
The film focuses on one day in Jenny’s life. This day is the aftermath of the two very pivotal things that have happened to her just a day before. The first thing, the great one, is that she has landed the job as a music journalist for Rolling Stone. This is basically what she had been working for her whole life and there is no way she’ll let her dream job just slip away. The downside is that she’ll have to leave her life in New York City and move to San Francisco. When she tells her boyfriend, Nate, about it, the other thing, the bad one, happens. She wants to try long distance, but he doesn’t. He calls quits, and just like that, their nine-year-old relationship meets its end. This leaves Jenny heartbroken and she decides to spend the next day with her best friends, Blair and Erin, enjoying one last night-out with them before she moves on to her new life.
A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Getting Over a Breakup
The event that drives the plot of the film is the end of an era for Jenny. The time she should have spent preparing for her move to the new city and the excitement she should have felt for getting her dream job is replaced by the time she needs to get over Nate and drain herself of the sadness that has followed it. Blair and Erin become her rock. They know her so well that they already know about the break-up even before Jenny gets the chance to tell them. Her Instagram stories tip them off. They also know what she needs in such a time, and what’s best for her even if she doesn’t know it herself. Hence, the first step is to turn towards your closest friends.
The second step is to distract yourself and focus on things that make you happy. You don’t want to sit at home and keep going back to the best and worst moments of your relationship. Jenny knows this and so, she plans to get tickets to Neon Classic, a concert where they can enjoy the evening. Thus, the event decides her itinerary for the whole day and she has something to keep her mind occupied. They start by trying to get tickets, shopping for dresses, meeting new people and crossing path with the ones they already know, all the while smoking weed, drinking booze and listening to the music that fluctuates with Jenny’s moods.