A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friends and family should support each other, regardless of career choices or sexual orientation. Life and career changes are possible at any age. Women shouldn't have to choose between a career and a relationship or family.
Positive Role Models
Ally's television work is not as successful nor as serious as she would like, but she's not sure what to do instead. She is duplicitous with a young woman who is about to marry her ex-boyfriend. Her mom is always there for her, even though she's moved on with her life too. Friends also support each other. Adults look to find themselves. Sean is tempted to cheat on his fiancée. Ally steals something from a store.
The cast is diverse, with main characters played by actors from White, Black, Southeast Asian, Latino, and mixed backgrounds. In the film, a Black man was adopted and raised by a Latina mom and White dad. A main character has had relationships with both men and women.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Nudity, including full-frontal female nudity when two women run naked across a field and in a nudist colony. Two relatively explicit sex scenes: in one, a man is seen naked from behind having sex with a woman; in the other, the man is apparently giving the woman oral sex underneath a blanket. A woman receives a photo of an erect penis by text. There's kissing and discussion of being "horny." A woman makes lewd gestures with a baguette. Other sexual language or innuendo involves "genitals," "screwing," "c--k," "cum," "t-tties," "booby," "bush," "penis," "perv," and mention of Bumble, Pornhub, and whether or not a woman is wearing a bra.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bitch," and sexual and anatomical terms (see Sex, Romance & Nudity).
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Products & Purchases
Instagram, Mac, Bumble, Pornhub, iPad, movie and music posters, alcohol labels and signs, and Washington State references including the tourist town of Leavenworth, The Seattle Times, the University of Washington, and the Seahawks.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol on many occasions and one time to such excess that someone throws up and another has a hangover. Two women vape marijuana. Someone mentions having an "active blackout."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Somebody I Used to Know is a comedy about 30-somethings at a crossroads, with the diverse cast trying to figure out their relationships and career paths. There are two scenes with full-frontal female nudity, and two relatively explicit sex scenes: In one, a man is seen naked from behind having sex with a woman. In the other, the man is apparently giving the woman oral sex underneath a blanket. A woman receives a photo of an erect penis by text and makes lewd gestures with a baguette. Sexual language or innuendo involves "genitals," "screwing," "c--k," "cum," "t-tties," "booby," "bush," "penis," "perv," and mention of Bumble, Pornhub, and being "horny" and "screwing.'" Other language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." Adults vape marijuana and drink alcohol on many occasions and to such excess that someone throws up and another has a hangover. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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