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Starring: Alison Brie, Jay Ellis, Kiersey Clemons, Julie Hagerty, Haley Joel Osment, Amy Sedaris, Danny Pudi, Zoë Chao
OUR RATING: ★★★☆☆
Amazon Prime Video romantic comedy directed by Dave Franco. Somebody I Used to Know (2023) follows Ally (Alison Brie), a workaholic on a trip to her hometown, reunites with her ex-boyfriend Sean (Jay Ellis), which makes her question her life choices. Things only get more confusing when she meets Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons), Sean’s fiancee, who reminds her of the person she used to be.
Ramona: So, yeah, as we look forward, we started to look back, and season one was here. And season two was here, a little lower. And season three, you know, based on the few episodes that have already aired, we’re actually coming in here.
Dar: Yeah, I’d even say it’s below the genital area.
Ramona: Oh. Your genitals or my genitals? Because it’s my… Are those your genitals?
Dar: Well, these are my genitals here, so. Transpose my genitals onto your pants. It’s like below that.
Ramona: But where do they start?
Ally: I mean, I do have some ideas for more serious human interest stuff.
Deedee: Please don’t say that nudist doc.
Ally: It’s called naturism, and it’s a fully formed idea. I could start immediately.
Deedee: Nobody wants to watch a bunch of naked normos who aren’t f***ing.
Deedee: Dess-Hurt Locker!
Deedee: Yes! You get Jeremy Renner, who’s available, out in the desert, and he tries different types of baklava. And maybe one of them has a firecracker in it. And you’re like, “No, don’t eat that one!” I see many seasons, my friend.
Ally: That is so offensive on so many levels.
Deedee: Alright. Look, I got to run. I’m getting my tubes untied.
Libby: [to Ally] Sweetie, I really think you should shower before you go, because you smell like a combination of s**t and puke.
Sean: [as Ally tries to hide from being noticed] Ally?
Ally: Sean! Oh, my God!
Sean: Yeah, were you just hiding under the table?
Ally: Was I? No. No. I was just, I was looking for my, peanut. Got it.
Ally: You know, I’m just visiting my old haunts on the off chance I might run into an ex from ten years ago.
Sean: Oh, yeah? How many have you run into so far?
Sean: Reality TV. I never would’ve guessed it.
Ally: Well, what I’m doing now is basically still doc filmmaking, except people actually watch it.
Ally: There’s really nothing here for me anymore. My mom, but she makes it down to LA at least once a year.
Sean: Wow, it’s really hard to see you up there on that high horse.
'Most people are desperate to tell you how they feel. They're just, you know, they need permission to do so.' - Ally (Somebody I Used to Know) Click To Tweet
Ally: Where are we going?
Sean: Down memory f***ing lane! Come on!
Sean: You know, I’d be lying if I said I don’t still think about what would’ve happened if you hadn’t left all those years ago.
Ally: I’ve been kind of wondering the same thing recently. Like if maybe I made the wrong decision.
Sean: You really mean that?
Ally: It’s like you build your whole life around this one thing, and then what if it was the wrong thing?
Ally: I mean, we could go into my mom’s place. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but it’s pretty much turned into the town brothel.
Ally: [to Sean] Hi. I tried to text you, but I guess you changed your number sometime in the last decade.
'It's like you build your whole life around this one thing, and then what if it was the wrong thing?' - Ally (Somebody I Used to Know) Click To Tweet
Ally: [to Sean] I know I made it awkward. And I hate that. Because the night was so perfect. I haven’t felt that free in, I don’t know even know how long. You just bring out that side of me, you know?
Jeremy: Somebody call Brendan Fraser because we got a blast from the past.
Ally: Cool reference.
Jeremy: Check it out. This is Brad, middle name Pitt.
Ally: Oh, my God.
Jeremy: He’s our little heartbreaker. And this is Jennifer Aniston. Kidding.
Joanne ‘JoJo’: [to Ally, after she finds out Sean and Cassidy are engaged] I am so happy to see you found your way back to each other.
Joanne ‘JoJo’: Jeremy has been talking up his plan to make this video a shot-for-shot remake of Wedding Crashers. He wants me to do the motorboating scene.
'You reminded me how important that spark is. I wish I still had that kind of passion. And you can't just let it die. Not for some guy. Not for anything.' - Ally Click To Tweet
Ally: [referring to Cassidy] Who is she? And how old is she? She’s like a fetus. Like how did they even meet?
Ally: Bumble? The one where the girl reaches out first? Of course.
Ally: [referring to Cassidy] Six months? This chick is thirsty.
Benny: Okay. Don’t say “thirsty”. She’s actually pretty cool.
Ally: Sure, if you like that whole hippie love child, “I don’t wear a bra or give a f*** what you think about it” kind of thing. Oh, whatever. I’m not like that anymore.
Ally: [referring to Sean] We had this whole crazy adventure. We talked until the sun came up. I thought it was like fate or something.
Benny: I mean, he’s getting married in a few days.
Ally: But he’s clearly having second thoughts.
Benny: It’s too late.
Ally: I need to see this through. Whatever it is.
Benny: You mean, like with you and Sean?
Benny: You and the groom?
Ally: I mean, we can just call him Sean.
'I spent so long giving everything to this one thing, and I made my choices, and this is who I am now. It's just maybe I don't like who I am.' - Ally (Somebody I Used to Know) Click To Tweet
Benny: What do you actually think is going to happen? What’s your plan here?
Ally: I don’t know I don’t know. But I’m sorry, I can’t just walk away.
Benny: Well, you’re walking away as we speak. Just do it in the other direction.
Cassidy: [to Ally] So it’s not true you used to make up little ditties about everybody at U-dub?
Benny: She was either making up ditties or showing her titties!
Ally: You know how it is with old friends. You just kind of pick up where you left off.
Cassidy: You’re not going to pull some Julia Roberts My Best Friend’s Wedding type s**t, are you?
Ally: What? No. But if my being here is making you uncomfortable in any way…
Cassidy: No. No, of course not. It wouldn’t be very cool of me to kick out one of Sean’s oldest friends.
'You followed your heart, not caring what the outcome would be, and everyone recognized that it was coming from a pure place. It was refreshing and different. You just need to let go and get back to you. Who you really are.' - Libby Click To Tweet
Sean: [referring to Ally] I don’t know what I expected to happen. But knowing that she was there after all this time, the f***ing week that I’m getting married, I just, I don’t know, I had to see her.
Benny: I get that. But did you have to kiss her?
Sean: I am telling you, man. She kissed me, okay?
Benny: [as they’re playing pool] So, what are you going to do about Ally?
Sean: I don’t know.
Benny: Holy s**t. You’re considering this?
Sean: No, I’m not considering this.
Benny: Okay, because that was a long pause.
Sean: You just misread the moment. I was just concentrating on this shot.
Ally: [referring to Cassidy] Did you see that look she just gave me? Pulling that flirty s**t with Sean in front of my face? She’s challenging me.
Benny: Yeah, pretty crazy to show your fiancé that kind of affection.