14A) How To Be Single
Warner Bros Pictures.
14A for Coarse Language, Sexual Content
Running Time: 110 Minutes.
3 and a half stars out of 4.
Dakota Johnson leads a stellar ensemble of gifted actors in the Drew Barrymore produced film based on Liz Tuccilo's novel of the same name. How To Be Single is simply delightful. What has been advertised as a standard romantic comedy for Valentine's day, truly is a hysterical, thoughtful, and progressive film about love and what it means to start a whole new chapter in your life.
As Alice, Dakota Johnson delivers a charming and empathetic performance. Johnson took what could have been an annoying and boring character and made it her own, with enough subtle nuances and charming moments to stand out in a crowded cast of gifted female comedians. In a brief role, Rebel Wilson delivers exactly what you would expect her to deliver. Essentially playing an R Rated version of her "Fat Amy" character from the Pitch Perfect films, Wilson does a decent job in her role as Alice's best friend Robin, and plays well off of Dakota Johnson. Leslie Mann does a solid job in her role as Meg, but unfortunately she has the worst and most unbelievable storyline in the entire film, and Allison Brie leads a stellar ensemble.
How To Be Single is exactly what you are expecting it to be. It is a delightful film that will have you smiling from start to finish. Director Christian Ditter took what could have been a formulaic and generic Valentines day rom-com, and mixed things up enough for it to feel fresh. I had a great time watching this film, and while it is not perfect, I can't help but praise the performances of the cast as well as the story.
How To Be Single is the perfect Valentines day film, and deserves to be seen from audiences everywhere.