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Somebody I Used to Know - A Nostalgic Journey of Self-Reflection

Rating: ★★★1/2☆ (3 1/2/5 stars)

Released 02-10-2023

Watched 04-28-2023

Reviewed 05-02-2023

Watched on Amazon Prime Video

"You know, I’m just visiting my old haunts on the off chance I might run into an ex from ten years ago."

"Somebody I Used to Know," directed by Dave Franco and co-written by Franco and his wife, Alison Brie, is a heartwarming and entertaining comedy/romance film. The story revolves around workaholic Ally (Alison Brie), who reconnects with her ex-boyfriend Sean (Jay Ellis) during a trip to her hometown, Leavenworth, Washington, and starts questioning her life choices.

Ally, a successful yet unfulfilled reality TV executive, and star, finds herself wondering if she's lost touch with her true self. The plot thickens as she encounters Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons), a spirited young woman and finance of her ex sean who reminds Ally of her younger, more carefree self. Ally grapples with her past and present as the story unfolds, leading to a rollercoaster of emotions and unexpected discoveries.

The chemistry between Alison Brie and Jay Ellis is undeniable, and their characters' shared history adds depth to their on-screen interactions. Kiersey Clemons also delivers a strong performance as Cassidy, a character that both challenges and supports Ally's journey of self-discovery. The supporting cast, though not particularly memorable, adds color and humor to the story.

While "Somebody I Used to Know" follows a somewhat predictable narrative arc, the film benefits from its leads' heartfelt and genuine performances. The screenplay, penned by Franco and Brie, offers a fresh perspective on nostalgia, self-discovery, and personal growth themes. However, the movie occasionally falls into clichés and tropes that prevent it from being truly groundbreaking.

Overall, "Somebody I Used to Know" is an enjoyable and heartwarming film that will make you laugh, cry, and reflect on the choices you've made in your own life. Although it may not break new ground in the genre, it's a solid choice for fans of comedy/romance movies seeking a cozy, feel-good experience. The collaborative effort of Franco and Brie is evident throughout the film, making it a worthwhile watch for those interested in the couple's creative dynamic.

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