How To Be Single (2016)
There isn’t really a premise to the movie How To Be Single, it is simply a movie about the love lives of 4 women and how they cope with finding love, sex, and heart break. Some of the girls know one another while some of the girls are only connected by the men they date. How To Be Single is the kind of movie that is always moving forward, but without a true plot or direction, it often finds itself spinning its wheels. After every passing scene, I would say to myself, “where is this movie going?” and I don’t think I ever found out the answer to that question. In most romantic comedies, there is an over laying story arc that gives the audience a sense of comfort and stability, but that feeling is missing here. Everything you want to happen probably doesn’t so by the time you leave, you feel empty and that you wasted your time. Now, understand this, I’m a guy so perhaps this movie was made as a message to women that being single is good and ok, but if that is the case, why do many of them end up in relationships?
As far as a movie goes, this film is ok. It has likable characters with an easy-to-follow weak developing plot however, I think its major flaw is that it just isn’t funny. Again, this is a guy giving the review, so take that into account as many women might think this is hilarious (I didn’t think Bridesmaids was that funny either.) Rebel Wilson is obnoxious and Dakota Johnson was in 50 Shades of Grey so she is already on my dislike list. Leslie Mann is usually funny, but here she is crazy and that girl who just sits in the bar looking for men is just plain sad. I really didn’t like the fact that the 4 women weren’t really a “group” and most of the time seemed to be doing things on their own within the main story.
At the end of the day, I’m not sure what How To Be Single is trying to do… Is it a rom com? Is it a message to women? Is it a jumbled mess that causes audiences to leave while scratching their heads? No matter what it is trying to say, I can be sure of 1 thing, it isn’t funny and I can’t recommend this movie. Starring Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas, Anders Holm, Damon Wayans Jr., and Nicholas Braun.
5/10 Stars – It might seem like it is going somewhere, but the characters lack depth and the story lacks substance all the while not being funny at all.