MOVIE REVIEW: How to be Single

Director: Christian Ditter
Writers: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox, Liz Tuccillo
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr.

Dakota Johnson stars in this trying to be romantic comedy with Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, and Damon Wayans Jr.   I honestly couldn’t wait for it to be over.

Brief plot of the film, Johnson wants a break from her college boyfriend, moves to New York, gets a job, meets crazy friend in Wilson, and decides quickly she wants boyfriend back.  But in that short space of time he has moved on.  Johnson’s sister played by Mann is a doctor in a hospital who delivers babies and suddenly decides she wants one too.  Wilson is a partyholic who drinks and sleeps around so much I’m shocked that her body hasn’t gotten a serious infection or her liver hasn’t kicked the bucket.

I’ve spent two days trying to work out how to describe this film and the best way is to say that it’s a Richard Curtis movie that doesn’t work.  The separate plots means that there will always be one story that you’ll kind of like, but won’t be able to long for like a Curtis movie.  For those who don’t know Richard Curtis gave us Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral.  The one storyline that works is the Leslie Mann story, but that isn’t given enough attention when it could have been a movie all on it’s own.  To be honest it is that plot and the soundtrack that gives this film two stars.  I can’t even tell a bunch of women/girls to go see this on a night out as it’s just the most enormous bunch of trash that I would feel guilty if any of you go to a cinema and pay to see this.  Maybe, just maybe, it’s a rental one night when you and your better half are having a romantic evening in, but it has to be on in the background while you are doing something else or turn the sound down.

The film makes no sense, it’s nothing to do with how to be single, as the majority of the characters spend the whole film trying to find a relationship with someone, anyone, and even Alison Brie from Community character is just too stalker-ish to be likable.

The whole point of the reviews I write is to tell you that a film is worth paying into a cinema to watch.  I suffer so you don’t have to.  I cannot even begin to start to tell you good people of the internet that this film is worth your hard earned cash.  The bright shiny posters and the glimpses of the trailer that I mistakenly watched lead you to believe that this is a great girls night out movie, but I don’t think that it is that.  You don’t just read a few books and then decide that you’ve got to be single or discover yourself.  The film panders to what film producers think that the twenty something generation wants and needs.  In the end there is little for me to recommend this comedy to you.  Even though I don’t like Johnson, and find Wilson a one trick pony, they aren’t the biggest problem in this film.  The biggest problem is that it just isn’t good.  It’s badly written and if someone told me that it was a parody of romantic comedies I’d honestly believe them.  Please avoid.

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