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Somebody I Used to Know

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Romantic dramedy has nudity, sex, drinking, and language.

Movie R 2023 106 minutes
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Despite an uneven pace and sense of humor, it's refreshing to see a comedy with such an appealingly diverse cast address that in-between life stage of your 30s. The main characters of Somebody I Used to Know are well into adulthood but still figuring out who they are and what they want to do with their lives. The title of the film could refer to the exes who reencounter after 10 years, or to main character Ally's recognition of her younger self in her ex's new fiancée. The theme of how young women sometimes feel they must choose between a relationship and a career, and the taking stock of life choices that often happens in mid-adulthood, all give the characters' antics slightly deeper meaning.

The storyline is Bridget Jones's Diary meets My Best Friend's Wedding; the latter film is even referenced by one character. Like those earlier movies, it's the cast of Somebody that makes this movie fun to watch. That's true even though not all the humor lands and some scenes lag a bit or feel overly scripted. And the film's watchability is thanks not just to the lead actors but also to the very strong supporting cast, particularly Danny Pudi as the reliable best friend and Julie Hagerty, who steals the show in each of her few scenes as the supportive and sexually liberated mom. The film's lush Pacific Northwest setting is an added draw.

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