How to Be Single

(2016)

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Title:
How to Be Single
Release Date:
21st January 2016
Runtime:
110 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Christian Ditter
Writers:
Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Languages:
English
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Storyline

There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then...there's Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 49%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 49%
IMDb Rating 6.1

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Vladimir Djurdjevic 8th May, 2016

Such a sad movie

My God, what a terrible movie. I know that I shouldn't have high standards when it comes to rom-coms, and trust me mine are super low, but this one hits rock bottom. It is so condescending and sexist that I had a real hard time watching it to the end (I've watched it with a couple of friends so that made me stay). I can actually enjoy trashy films that are so terrible that they are awesome, but this one actually tries to make a point and it fails miserably. The writing is terrible, the acting is terrible, even New York can't help it (and that says a lot). If you are looking for a rom-com, do yourself a favor and skip this one. And then send me a "Thank you" note for those 90 minutes of your life that would gone to waste (plus millions of brain cells you would lose in the process).

Reviewed by sammyboo21-999-252517 9th March, 2016

A lot better than expected

I'll be honest, I was dragged to this movie by a girl friend. I was tired of the rom com genre. I had seen it all before. Ill say this, this movie strips away all those cliches and goes in the opposite direction. What a lovely and funny R rated comedy with a lot of heart. There are so many charming moments that I cannot even explain them all. Rebel Wilson does her usual thing but here she perfects it and brings a certain edge to her performance. Its my favorite performance of hers. Dakota Johnson gives the best performance of her young career and Leslie Mann owns her roll. Its her funniest, saddest, and truest performance to date. Yes Im still talking about a raunchy comedy here. There is more to this movie than you might think. The men in the film are actually better written that most cliched men in romantic comedies. Finally, the ending is just perfect for those single people out there.I advise seeing this with a friend and not with a significant other. **** out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by lil_lacey88 16th February, 2016

Not impressed

I am finding that the more movies I watch with Dakota Johnson just leads to disappointment. Is it just me or is there no emotion in her face when she acts. The movie trailer gets the audience pumped up for a romantic comedy. Super pumped and thought this is going to be hilarious. There were funny parts, but it left me disappointed and frustrated in the end. For example the love Tom has for Lucy. If a guy truly felt like he did(cant get her off his mind). It wouldn't take him 3 months to try and talk to her). Lucy felt something as well for Tom, even for a moment when they kissed. Now a girl that is obsessed with finding a guy wouldn't have just dropped it. It would be running in her head repeatedly, whether creating something that wasn't there or convincing herself it was nothing. Something positive about this movie is it did show all different aspects of relationships and how people feel. as well as majority of women jump to soon and forget their wants/needs just to please a man.( hence the saying you have changed). Men do it too we pretend to be someone we are not to please someone else.

Reviewed by Dave McClain ([email protected]) 14th February, 2016

Many unattached adults find being alone difficult – especially on Valentine's Day, so I guess it makes sense that there would be a movie called "How to Be Single" (R, 1:50) in theaters starting the second weekend in February. What doesn't make as much sense is using such a title for a movie that is more likely to make many singles feel even worse about not being in a romantic relationship on said holiday. Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann play four women navigating singlehood in New York City. In spite of what the movie poster implies, they are not a group of party-animal gal-pals who are all on this journey together, but there are connections here. Mann plays Meg, an obstetrician who doesn't need a man or a baby to feel fulfilled (thank you very much). Meg is the older sister of recent college graduate Alice (Johnson) who becomes best friends with new co-worker, confirmed bachelorette and hearty partier Robin (Wilson). Lucy (Brie) is a control freak with high standards who plugs data from dating websites into algorithms and spreadsheets in the hopes of finding the perfect man. Through Alice, Meg and Robin kind of become friends-in-law, while Alice and Lucy both end up involved with the same guy at different points, but that's the extent of these characters crossing paths. These four women all view being single differently and learn different lessons along the way. Alice breaks up with college boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun) because she feels she needs to experience being single for a while. When she is hired by the same law firm where Robin works, Robin takes Alice to a bar and tries to school her in how to be single. Alice hooks up with handsome bartender Tom (Anders Holm), which actually makes her miss her relationship with Josh, even as she keeps bumping into real estate developer David (Damon Wayans Jr.). As independent as she is, Meg starts thinking that she might want a baby, but not necessarily a man, although sweet younger man Ken (Jake Lacy) seems interested in changing her mind about that last part. Meanwhile, Alice becomes friends with Tom (since she lives above his bar and has most of her first dates in that bar). Her data analysis leads her to the handsome Paul (Colin Jost), but she also attracts the attention of funny bookstore owner George (Jason Mantzoukas). Robin doesn't want to meet Mr. Right, but just to drink, dance and be with Mr. Right Now. Part of the problem with "How to Be Single" is those characterizations. Instead of following these women as a group, screenwriters Abby Kohn, Mark Silverstein and Dana Fox (adapting Liz Tuccillo's 2008 novel of the same name) jump back and forth between loosely connected stories. This muddles the movie's message and makes the plot a little hard to follow. The script manages a few laughs (mostly crude sex and toilet humor) sprinkled throughout the movie and almost overshadowed by the large number of un-funny and uncomfortably awkward moments. In spite of director Christian Ditter's attempts at character development, the characters still feel shallow. Then, the resolutions of some of these stories send mixed messages which seem more likely to upset than comfort unhappy singles. But before I render my verdict, here are a few fun facts: (1) This movie is based on Tucillo's first novel, but her earlier 2004 book, "He's Just Not That Into You" (co-written with Greg Behrendt) won a Quill Award, was a New York Times best seller was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and was adapted into a film of the same name in 2009, a movie with a better cast, better script and better director than this one and with moderately more entertainment value. (2) Johnson's character gets involved with the character played by Wayans', whose uncle, Marlon Wayans, co-wrote and starred in 2016's "Fifty Shades of Black", which was a parody of Johnson's 2015 blockbuster "Fifty Shades of Grey". (3) In the theater where I watched "How to Be Single" (on Valentine's Day), I saw no one sitting alone. The audience was mainly groups of women (which seemed to enjoy the movie a little more than I did) and couples (which vocalized somewhat less approval). (4) This film's original title was "How NOT To Be Single". Okay, that last one isn't a fact, but it does fit this rarely funny and forgettable movie, with its mish-mash of confused, self-centered characters and convoluted messages. "C-"

Reviewed by thomasrafferty 14th February, 2016

Avoid at all costs

It's risky to title a movie like a self-help book, because the audience may actually expect to learn something by watching the story unfold. The bad news is, if you're seriously looking for a guide on how to be a single lady, you'd gain more by listening to Beyonce. 'How to be Single' centres around Alice, played by Dakota Johnson ('Fifty Shades of Grey'), and her transition into post-breakup life in New York City. Once she arrives at her new job she becomes fast friends with Rebel Wilson ('Pitch Perfect'), a guru on the single way of life. This involves a lot of partying, drinking, and waking up in random people's bedrooms, all to a soundtrack of Izzy Azalea and Taylor Swift. You get the picture. Romcom staple Leslie Mann plays Alice's older and supposedly wiser sister. This character goes from hating children to booking herself a sperm-donor online, in the space of about a week. Another subplot, which has very little to do with the main story, involves Alison Brie ('Community') who is also looking for love in the Big Apple. Instead of the partying/one-night-stand formula, she devises an online dating algorithm to find the perfect man, with some pretty bad results. The central message of the plot is confusing, and changes throughout the film. The protagonists develop relationships with around fifteen men between them, which becomes quite hard to keep track of, and also leaves us wondering whether any of the women are ever truly single for more than a day at a time. The trailer for this movie does a good job of making it look like a decent enough comedy. Rebel Wilson has to be given credit for some of her one-liners and stunts, but the big problem is that the few jokes from the advert are by far the best in the whole script. The rest of the time, there's a truckload of weak, over sexualised jokes that just don't serve their purpose. In other words, if the trailer doesn't make you laugh, the full 2 hour feature may just make you cry. If you do end up seeing this, a good way to make yourself laugh is to imagine you're watching one of those 'bad lip reading' videos. The dialogue in many of the scenes is quite literally on that same level of obscurity. At this time of year, cinemas are chock-full of Oscar nominated films that work hard to deliver you quality entertainment. Amongst them, this sticks out like a sore thumb. I did my best to enjoy this movie, because it does try to be funny. But like your uncle who tries to stay hip and relevant by using Facebook, the results are cringeworthy and frankly, a little bit creepy.