How To Be Single
After taking a "break" from a long term relationship with her college BF Josh, Alice (Dakota Johnson) tries to find herself. We're introduced to Robin (Rebel Wilson), Alice's party girl co-worker who lives for the crazy world of all night parties and causal dating. What ensues in an "unexpected" adventure. Come inside to check out our full review.
Robin takes Alice out for a girls night on the town where we meet Lucy (Alison Brie), who is so desperately trying to find a relationship that she has written a computer program to scour a vast number of dating websites to find "The One". Also at the bar is Tom (Anders Holm), the bar owner, who is all about the one night stands and eventually tries to mentor Lucy on dating outside of a computer and what men are really like. Next we meet Meg (Leslie Mann), Alice's sister, a long time career woman who does not want to be tied down and comes to a struggle with a new relationship she doesn't even want to be in. Finally there is David (Damon Wayans Jr), a character that seemed to be forced into the movie midway through for no real reason, yet his story turns out to be one of the most touching parts of this entire film.
Dakota Johnson gives a performance that is as wooden as her role in Fifty Shades of Grey. I understand she's supposed to be a small time girl finding her way in NYC, but her portrayal of Alice is just so lackluster and bland that you really have no real connection with Alice whatsoever. The only time I could honestly enjoy her screen presence is when Rebel Wilsons character Robin was with her.
Anders as Tom was also another character that stood out when he was on screen. Even though he was somewhat a caricature of what most women would find that's wrong with men in the dating world, he still comes across as a loveable character when all is said and done. The characters Lucy and Meg were both delightful and their scenes within the movie were acted beautifully. Both Lucy and Meg were polar opposites as far as relationships where Lucy was the one rushing headlong into love and Meg wanting nothing to do with anyone. Ultimately both women end up with someone when they least expect it.
Marlon Wayans Jr as David was one character that just seemed forced into the movie. A single dad that pretty much fell back into the dating world even though he wasn't ready due to a Past relationship and how he deals with his past and learns to move on. There is a scene with him and his little girl that made even a cynical person like me sit there and say "that was beautiful"!
The movie itself was quite funny, albeit most of the 'laugh out loud' parts were included in the trailer. Wilson, Mann, Anders & Brie gave you lots of laughs throughout the film to make it enjoyable.
The movie is based on the book by Liz Tuccillo ("He's Just Not That Into You"); however the book is quite different from what you will see on screen. Where the book takes you to various places in the world on one woman’s journey to find how women of the world deal with being single. The movie is centered mainly in New York City over a period of a year or so where as the book only invests a weekend of partying in NYC.
If you’re looking for a date movie this one should do the job. How to be Single was released Nationwide February 12.