How to Be Single is a 2016 American romantic comedy film directed by Christian Ditter and written by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccillo. Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, and Leslie Mann, the film was released by Warner Bros. Pictures. (c) Wikipedia
This review is solely based on the fact that I haven’t read the novel.
Being single myself and since Deadpool isn’t shown in UAE cinemas till next week, I had the chance to see this movie and it disappoints me. This could have had a promising & strong storyline and to even give an empowering & inspiring message about love, relationship and being single by itself but the filmmaker failed to deliver its full premise and potential but nevertheless, they somehow impart messages to the moviegoers.
The movie also failed to give effective humor and comedic lines except for some scenes that somehow cracks the audience. Rebel’s monotonic performance is too familiar from comedy films she is into… in other words, she is still being herself which is getting annoying, expected and boring. The scenes though between Leslie Mann and Dakota Johnson as sisters are a miss, I can’t feel that they are sisters but close friends.
There are lots of scenes that aren’t necessarily important to the movie and could have used another path to build a story curve which could help the flow of the story. I also can’t help but notice those scenes of Alison Brie which are almost immaterial to the film itself as the entire flick revolves around Dakota’s character Alice.
What I like about the film is their cinematography. I really feel the vibe of New York as if I was there with them. Some shots and scenes including the scoring feels too indie-ish, which is very effective. The pacing though is at point and not dragging.
What I learned about this movie though is that it is OK to be single. You don’t have to be desperate in finding the right person or be addicted to the meaning of falling in love. You just have to know & love yourself first, be the better person than your last self when you were in a relationship, enjoy the moment of being single, accept your flaws, don’t give into peer pressure because the person destined for you will come no matter the instances would be.
I can give this movie 2 out of 5 stars. It can be a good Valentine movie though especially if couples plan to watch it during Valentines Day itself!