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How to Be Single (2016)

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A group of young adults navigate love and relationships in New York City.

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Christian Ditter

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Abby Kohn (screenplay), Marc Silverstein (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Johnson ... Alice
Rebel Wilson ... Robin
Leslie Mann ... Meg
Damon Wayans Jr. ... David
Anders Holm ... Tom
Alison Brie ... Lucy
Nicholas Braun ... Josh
Jake Lacy ... Ken
Jason Mantzoukas ... George
Colin Jost ... Paul
Mickey Gooch Jr. ... Robin's Date
Sarah Ramos ... Michelle
Vanessa Rubio ... David's Wife
Zani Jones Mbayise ... Phoebe
Brent Morin ... Lucy's Date
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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.

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There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Be Single See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,750,000, 14 February 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,813,366, 10 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$112,343,513, 15 September 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Peacock (performed by Katy Perry) was co-written by Ester Dean. Love Myself was performed by Hailee Steinfeld. Rebel Wilson starred with both Ester Dean and Hailee Steinfeld in Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). See more »

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Coming of age drama with moments of sweetness among moments of trashiness
15 January 2017 | by SpoilerAlertReviewsSee all my reviews

Christian Ditter, director of Love, Rosie, which, I have to add, I thoroughly enjoyed, gives us a not so romantic or comic film on How To Be Single, tackling how messy adulthood and relationships can be. (And what is it with rooftops Ditter?)

Having quite a strong cast of characters it's central to Alice, having come away from a serious relationship to spread her wings in the Big Apple. It seems she's not sure what she actually wants and goes to and fro between wanted to be free and single to being lonely and needing that self gratification of being loved and wanted.

The other characters such as her brooding sister nurse and her outrageous and liberating colleague and friend offer opposing ends of a spectrum, this coupled with some other characters that flit in and out of the story lines, such as Alison Brie's desperate yet conscientious Lucy.

Relating to my own singledom, it's actually very one sided and seems little is drawn from single people's experiences and more so of people struggling with a life of solitude. It comes quite close to missing the point entirely, only to be given some deep and meaningful revelation at the conclusion.

There's some hilarious moments, like the sauna scene but then other parts seem to just attempt to be funny, though well scripted and actually very well shot, it's unfortunately predictable and feels like it's on constant fast forward.

Dakota Johnson took the lead as Alice, after Lily Collins dropped out and does a fine job portraying the beautiful yet bashful noob to being free and available. Leslie Mann plays her sister, but is pretty much the same character she has always played.

Though very much from the female perspective, the two key male characters are actually highly entertaining, and again offer extreme stereotypes of either end of a spectrum. Anders Holm's brutally honest barman/player extraordinaire and Jake Lacy's down to earth and highly likable receptionist.

The star is definitely Rebel Wilson. She gets the best lines, and this is so her. She's like the devil incarnate and is the true highlight of the movie. Fil Eisler deserves a mention too, his score is suits the film and sets the mood perfectly.

It's a coming of age drama with moments of sweetness among moments of trashiness. It can, shamefully, be a good reflection of modern era romances, however, not much about being single but more of exploring and taking advantages of your freedom.

Running Time: 7 The Cast: 7 Performance: 7 Direction: 7 Story: 6 Script: 6 Creativity: 6 Soundtrack: 7 Job Description: 6 The Extra Bonus Points: 5 just for Rebel Wilson. Blu-ray: Hmm, maybe if on special.

64% 6/10


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