In this post-Sex and the City era where gals in groups of four or more don their best get-ups for a girly catch-up, How To Be Single is released with every intention of filling that void where Carrie and co left us on the pearly streets of New York City.
Based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccilo, How to Be Single hones in on four singletons Alice (Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey), Robin (Rebel Wilson, Bridesmaids), Lucy (Alison Brie, Scream 4) and Meg (Leslie Mann, This Is 40), a handful of the city’s many lonely hearts attempting to find their refuge in an abyss of one night stands and questionable texting, hoping somewhere along the line to find the right connection.
Though the bar may be set inevitably high due to the aforementioned TV series raising the expectations to how these things should be executed and written, Love, Rosie director Christian Ditter directs a gorgeous cast of varied hopefuls as they adapt and flesh these characters with an uncanny likability, a rarity that is formed where four lead females prove as entertaining as the other. Johnson’s newfound single life leads a path of discovery, Wilson’s party-going tendencies lead for others to follow, Brie’s desire to hold firm a steady relationship battles the online dating era and Mann’s desire to live life without a partner ables her to fulfil that loneliness in other ways. All thanks to Tuccilo’s base novel and an adapted screenplay, these women are fleshed into pleasant, brawny individuals.
How To Be Single adheres to the wide audience, with Johnson and Wilson domineering the early years factor and living their city ventures through awkward textual encounters and nightclub hopping in a genuine ‘How To..’ guide into how to survive or attempt that single life, whereas Brie’s tenacious online hopping creates perplexing personal expectations, though real in some context i admit, and Mann’s older gal seeking solace, though love does cross her path in the form of a younger piece of meat, fills the gap in that other section where some singletons don’t seek answers by sifting through the cracks of a dance floor.
The film rarely missteps in terms of entertainment, though the usual formalities of rom-com status befalls the film when the gals fall out or boys entwine the problems to a further complication. It is, however, one of the smarter, more enjoyable romantic comedies released in some time, and with a cityscape as gorgeously captured as this you might find yourself grabbing your nearest pal and jetting off on a summer tandem through the inescapably energetic nightlife on New York where opportunities appear to be endless and your next adventure is waiting for you just around the corner.
Dir: Christian Ditter
Scr: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein, Dana Fox
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr, Anders Holm, Jake Lacy
Prd: Dana Fox, John Rickard
DOP: Christian Rein
Music: Fil Eisler
Runtime: 110 minutes
How to be Single is available on DVD now.