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Someone Great: How Netflix’s romantic comedy is completely transforming the genre

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Someone Great is the very relatable story of how a breakup can help you fall in love with yourself. 

Boy meets girl, boy breaks up with girl… It doesn’t exactly sound like the recipe for a a classic rom com, does it?

But in Someone Great, Netflix is hoping to reinvent the concept of a romantic comedy by telling the very relatable story of how a breakup can help you reconnect with your ambitions, your best friends and yourself.

The plot of Someone Great is simple. Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) is in a very happy, very sexy relationship of nine years with Nate (Lakeith Stanfeild). But when she is offered the job of a lifetime that requires relocating from New York to San Francisco, she discovers that he doesn’t want to move and the pair break up.

Jenny, determined to take the job and stay on her course, rallies her two best friends for a raucous weekend of fun and frivolity bidding farewell to her old life before she moves away. As writer and director Jenn Kaytin Robinson put it on Twitter: “I always wanted to see a romantic comedy where a woman chooses herself. So I made one.”

Here is everything we know about Someone Great:

Is there a trailer for Someone Great?

There sure is. The first trailer features a very relatable scene in which Jenny drinks a champagne-spiked green juice. “It’s a green juice mimosa,” best friend Blair muses. “That’s kind of genius.”

Also, no trailer has had a better needle drop than the moment Lizzo’s Truth Hurts kicks in. You can watch the trailer for yourself below. 

Who is in the cast of Someone Great?

Gina Rodriguez stars as Jenny, whose life is turned upside down when her longterm relationship falls apart. Brittany Snow and DeWanda Wise play her two best friends and loves of her life, who take her on one last weekend in New York before she moves to San Francisco.

“I leave in a week,” Jenny tells her friends in a scene from the movie. “And then I turn 30 and then I die, probably. I need one last epic weekend with my girls.”

Lakeith Stanfield, the star of Sorry to Bother You and Get Out, plays Nate, Jenny’s boyfriend who chooses to stay in New York (boo!) instead of following Jenny to San Francisco.  Also co-starring are Rosario Dawson and Peter Vack. 

“It’s definitely about her and her relationship with her friends, and her relationship with herself,” Rodriguez has said. “You know: When do we choose others? When do we choose ourselves? With decisions that aren’t easy, when are you willing to make them and why?” 

Who is the director and producer of Someone Great?

The movie is written and directed by a woman and features several women driving the movie behind-the-scenes. Key among them is Jenn Kaytin Robinson, who wrote and directed the film. Robinson is best-known as the creator of the cult MTV series Sweet/Vicious, which followed two female students retaliating against those perpetrating acts of abuse on their campus.

Joining Robinson as an executive producer is Paul Feig, the man behind Bridesmaids, Spy and A Simple Favour.

Autumn Eaton is the cinematographer, Mollie Goldstein is editor, Lisa Myers is production designer and Stacey Battat, Sofia Coppola’s go-to costume designer from The Beguiled and The Bling Ring crafted the wardrobe.

When is Someone Great released?

Someone Great will stream on Netflix from 19 April, so set a reminder in your iCal now. 

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