Love and relationships. New York style. Everything a film director and actors dreams of. The bumpy road of love with the iconic views of New York City in the background. Many a film career has been built upon just such a combo. The history of love and NYC is as long and varied as that of film itself. A story which they know will draw bodies into the movie theatre seats. With a backbone like that you just need a good script and popular actors to round out the package. So Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Anders Holm, Damon Wayans Jr., Colin Jost, and Leslie Mann heeded the call.
The call of the rom com. A tricky genre. A genre which is oftentimes treated like a punching bag. Looked down upon. With good reason as it has been dragged through the mud for quite a while. Not many trust it anymore. A film like this is going to do more harm than good. Because it looks good on the surface and then crashes and burns.
Be single. That is a loaded sentence, isn’t it? Alice (Dakota Johnson – Fifty Shades of Grey, The Social Network), Robin (Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect, Bridesmaids), Lucy (Alison Brie – from television’s Glow), Meg (Leslie Mann – Knocked Up, This is 40), Tom (Anders Holm – from television’s Workaholics), and David (Damon Wayans Jr. – Big Hero 6, The Other Guys) are all doing it differently.
New York City seems like it would be the perfect place to be single. There are so many other single people. All looking to connect, yet not really accomplishing it. What they all begin to realize at different times and their own ways is how to be single.
Charm and likability oozes out of every pore of this film. And yet it just doesn’t work. Just misses the mark. It is like dating a guy or girl who seems perfect in every way – attractive, successful and smart – and then you find out they are right wing in their politics. So close and yet so far.
A film, directed by Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie), which suffers from a weak script and humour that is often base. Brings nothing new to the table. Aimed high and crashed miserably. That being said, Dakota Johnson turned in one of her best performances to date. An actress you find yourself instantly clicking with. She has that “it” factor about her. Rebel Wilson turns in her typical performance. Crazy and wild. Plenty of attempts at laughs. Some hit the mark while others just make you roll your eyes.
Certainly aimed at women and told from the female perspective. The type of film you might watch with a group of female friends.
-The Pros and Cons of How to be Single
-Rebel Robbie: A Look at Rebel Wilson
-The Best Idea Wins!: The Humor of How to Be Single
-Rebel Wilson Outtakes