Interviews: Alison Brie and Dave Franco talk about Somebody I Used To Know

We interview star and writer Alison Brie as well as co-writer and director Dave Franco about their new romantic comedy.

Last Updated on February 8, 2023

Dave Franco and Alison Brie have not shared the screen before, but the pair have been creative partners for almost a long as they have been romantic partners. Starting with the horror thriller The Rental, Dave Franco has been stretching his filmmaking muscles as a director. For his sophomore effort, Franco has partnered with Brie to star in the romantic comedy Somebody I Used To Know, and the couple also share co-writing duties on the film.

An ode to the rom-coms of the 1980s and 1990s, Somebody I Used To Know is the story of Ally, a filmmaker who is unsure of her career direction from documentaries into reality television. When she returns home to try and reset her life, she runs into former boyfriend Sean (Jay Ellis) and discovers he is getting married that weekend to Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons). Ally decides it is her destiny to woo Sean back and joins the wedding party. But, before you can call that a rehash of movies like My Best Friend’s Wedding, Franco and Brie take a different direction with their tale for a refreshing and unique take on the genre.

I had the chance to chat with Dave Franco and Alison Brie about their film. Franco shared how the story developed between the two writers and where they got their inspiration. We talked about how the film is something of an anti-romantic comedy but also develops some intriguing characters. We also talked about the stellar cast including Julie Hagerty and Amy Sedaris. Brie talked about the soundtrack and how the music was all very important to both her and Dave as they developed the film. She also talked about working with such great actors and reuniting with her Community co-star Danny Pudi. Check out the full interviews in the embed above.

Somebody I Used To Know premieres on February 10th on Prime Video.


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