Real-life couples who are also creative partners can often delight me. In the case of Alison Brie and Dave Franco, they’re two consistently enjoyable performers who also do great work together. This week brought further evidence of that with their very smart romantic comedy Somebody I Used to Know. I’ve interviewed both over the years, but today, you can see them together, talking to me about their latest collaboration.
Below, you can see my chat with Brie and Franco. As mentioned above, I’ve previously spoken with them both individually, finding them to be utterly delightful. My conversation with Brie was years ago for the criminally underrated Sleeping with Other People, while the Franco one was more recent, for his filmmaking debut The Rental. Here, it’s about the charm of Somebody I Used to Know, as well as the specificity they added to it, from the posters in a bedroom on down. We had a good time, which made for a good discussion, I think. If you have Prime Video, Somebody I Used to Know is out today and well worth enjoying, as it’s a high quality rom-com.
This here is some of what I had to say about Somebody I Used to Know in my review:
Dave Franco makes this his second outing as a filmmaker, directing while this time co-writing with Brie. While his debut was a pretty dark horror movie in The Rental, he’s followed it up with a smart romantic comedy. The man has filmmaking range. Brie and Franco clearly know the genre well, leaning into elements that they know work, while subverting others. Somebody I Used to Know isn’t trying to completely blow up the rom-com, but by giving a classic tale a set of fresh eyes, they find a new way to tell it. Alison Brie is both incredibly charming and also realistically flawed here, essaying a compellingly complex character…messy yet incredibly fascinating to watch.
Here now is my interview with Somebody I Used to Know co-writers and director/star Dave Franco and Alison Brie. Enjoy:
Somebody I Used to Know is available to watch right now on Prime Video!