The Reel Review


After her reality TV show is cancelled, a television producer returns to her hometown to contemplate her life. When she discovers her former boyfriend is about to marry a girl who possesses the qualities she used to have, she sets her sights on winning him back, in this rom-com starring Alison Brie and Jay Ellis (Escape Room, Top Gun: Maverick).

Jay Ellis and Alison Brie in Somebody I Used to Know

The screenplay, from Brie and director/husband Dave Franco, is a pretty blatant ripoff of My Best Friend’s Wedding (it even gets name checked halfway into the film). Despite not being all that original, it is a serviceable rom-com about past regrets and following your instincts. Kiersey Clemons (Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Hearts Beat Loud) plays the fiancée with Julie Hagerty as our protagonist’s mom and Danny Pudi (Community) as her good friend.

Kiersey Clemons and Alison Brie in Somebody I Used to Know

Brie and Franco do attempt to inject some subversive humor into the story – sometimes it connects, other times it’s a miss. It is, at least, grounded in some introspective reality, making the rom-com at least slightly above average.


• Alison Brie tapped into her experience as an avowed nudist for the film.

• This marks the first collaboration between Alison Brie and Danny Pudi since they both starred in the hit TV series, Community which ran from 2009 to 2015.

Somebody I Used to Know was filmed in and around Leavenworth, Washington and in Portland and along the Clackamas River in Oregon.

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