If you go to see How to Be Single, expecting a comedy… you will be sadly disappointed. I’m giving it a B-.
Alice (played by Dakota Johnson) has never been alone. She’s always gone from one relationship to another. She asks her boyfriend for a “break” so that she can experience living alone in New York City. At her first day of work, she meets Robin, a free spirit (played by Rebel Wilson) who shows her how to be single and love it.
How to Be Single tells the story of a bar owner, a girl who thinks she’s beaten the dating sites, a widower with a young daughter, Alice, Robin, Alice’s ex, and Alice’s sister. Each person is single for a reason and comes at being alone in a different way. The movie itself tells you that watching “Sex in the City” for dating advice is stupid and this movie comes off as a spin-off of Carrie’s life. Rebel Wilson is the only bright light in this movie and we see so much of her wit in the previews.
One thing that is obvious throughout the movie is that to be single you must drink a lot and sleep around. I must have missed that message, but maybe that’s a part of the living in the big city.
Throughout the movie Alice questions the choices she’s made. Did she do the right thing? All this whining makes the movie a bit of a downer. We all second guess our choices, wish we’d done something different…but suck it up sweetie! Learn and move on. Dakota Johnson is my husband’s latest crush and in this movie, she looks so much like her mom, right down to the puzzled look on her face during most of her scenes. Produced by Drew Barrymore, even that star power couldn’t make it better.
This is more of a movie for girls and their girlfriends, rather than a date night. Nothing to ruin the dating mood than a movie that questions being in a relationship. After all, relationships are supposed to make you stronger, being alone isn’t the only way to do that. Just remember that Rebel is the highlight and you won’t be disappointed.
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