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Mini Review: Somebody I Used to Know

On a trip to her hometown, a workaholic TV producer named Ally, reminisces with her ex Sean and starts to question everything about her life, but things start to become more confusing when she learns Sean is getting married to Cassidy, who reminds her of the person she used to be.

Alison Brie, Jay Ellis, Danny Pudi, Kiersey Clemons and Haley Joel Osment 

With what was a decent trailer, I was pleasantly surprised with how lovely of a film this is. The story was consistently engaging & the screenplay felt sincere and care was clearly out into every moment. Not only is the story about love, but it’s about trying to find yourself and who you are on the inside. The mix of the message, characters & Dave’s witty writing resulted in a perfect comic mix.

Alison Brie is as loveable as she always is in most of her roles, reminding me a lot of Julia Roberts's character from ‘My Best Friend's Wedding’ and I loved the similarities between the two. Jay Ellis delivered a lovely performance too, the chemistry between him and Alison was a joy to watch. Kiersey Clemons, while underused, had a great presence throughout all of her moments. 

Unfortunately, with a lot of comedies these days, comes rather lackluster cinematography and visual style. It felt far too simple and didn’t help reflect the personality brewing through the writing and actors' chemistry. It can also be inconsistent with its comedy, in many instances there are missed jokes that didn’t land and left some moments empty of any substance, as it relies too much on all its jokes landing for scenes to work. 

Somebody I Used to Know was a joyful, refreshing new rom com that I look forward to revisiting in the future. While lacking any visual flair and style, it’s screenplay is witty and intelligent, even if moments don’t constantly land. Alison Brie & Jay Ellis are wonders to watch on screen and it almost felt an impossible task to dislike them. 

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