Movie Review : How to Be Single


Alice (Johnson) has just graduated from college and decides she wants a break from her long-term boyfriend. Although she loves him, she also wants to experience single life before they settle down for good. So where does a girl full of romantic ideals and after some fun and adventure move to?

New York City of course.

Alice moves in with her single sister Meg (Mann) and finds a job where the eternal party girl Robin (Wilson) takes her under her wing and shows her ….. well, how to be single. Alice and Robin go drinking one night in a local bar and this is where we meet our fourth single girl, Lucy, who is juggling dates and dating apps to find Mr Right.

This movie is exactly what you think it will be. If you don’t like this kind of movie, you won’t like this. It is not deep, it won’t make you think, in fact you will forget the fourth female leads name by the time you reach your car.

But if you do like fluffy chick flick stuff, it is light and fun and funny. It is not very funny and the script is not very good but it will do. It is full of clichés with quirky New York apartments, fellow employees who tolerate you being 4 hours late to work and a world where all sadness can be solved with the kiss of a good man. But who cares. It is a 2 hour escape from what troubles you (I was in the middle of moving house so this was the perfect movie for me at the time).


While our local marketing concentrated on the very funny Wilson, this really is Johnson’s film. I gave her a scathing review for Fifty Shades (you can read it here) but she isn’t too bad here, given what she has to work with. She was sweet and adorable without being a pathetic pushover or as dumb as bricks. She found a lovely balance in this movie. Let’s see how she does over the next few years.

If you are looking for a dinner and date night movie with your girlfriends or just a 2 hour break from reality like I was, this is the one for you. Somehow I feel, only the most devoted of males would even sit through it.

This is not good or bad. It’s just meh…

2.5 stars

Sue-Ellen xx

Director : Christian Ditter

Starring :  Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie, Damon Wayans Jr, Anders Holm, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas 

Running Time : 110 minutes

Release Date : In Cinemas Now

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