Movie review: How to Be Single

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson, and Leslie Mann

Date of release: February 12th 2016

Synopsis: After four years of college, young Alice (Dakota Johnson) decides she needs a break from her long-term boyfriend Josh. Excited and ready for new challenges, the eager grad moves to New York to take a job as a paralegal. Helping her navigate her way through an unfamiliar city is Robin (Rebel Wilson), a fun-loving, wild co-worker who enjoys partying and one-night stands. With Robin as her freewheeling guide, Alice can now learn how to get free drinks, meet men and enjoy the single lifestyle.

My rating: 5/5

Why I loved it…

I’m a huge fan of Dakota Johnson. Okay, so if you watched Fifty Shades of Grey or you heard about it, you might dislike her because she chose to portray the infamous submissive character, Anastasia Steele. I’m very well versed in people who hate both her and Jamie Dornan for signing onto the movie but this blog post isn’t about the controversial trilogy. It’s about this movie and the leading actress.

Dakota Johnson is one of my fave actresses because she’s quirky and seriously talented in conveying emotion on screen. How to be Single is no exception for her as she can cry on cue, show vulnerability in a smile, or blossom with happiness in her eyes. To me, a boring plot can be saved with a talented leading actress and that’s what Dakota Johnson is.

Enough about me gushing about Dakota and let’s talk about why I liked How to Be Single. While this movie does focus mainly on Dakota’s story, viewers can anticipate stories from multiple characters such as Alison Brie and Leslie Mann. Alison Brie wants to find a husband and a happily ever after while Leslie Mann is a workaholic doctor who wants a baby with no man. All these stories do not intertwine like other multiple POVs movies such as Valentine’s Day or He’s Just Not That Into You but the characters do at least see each other. I enjoy the multiple storylines because it gives different perspectives of people who are single. We got Dakota who has never been single in a long time, Alison who wants a man, and Leslie who decides it’s okay to not have a relationship and to start a family on her own. Not to mention, Rebel Wilson who chooses not to have a boyfriend. Critics claim that because of these multiple POVs, it’s hard to really connect with each character but I just found it to be more relatable to a wider audience. It is also way more interesting than to watch a movie solely based on Dakota’s story and then have minor characters helping her be single. The only problem I had with this movie was that it didn’t give Rebel Wilson a story at all. She was mostly there for jokes and the punchline. It was disappointing to see because she deserved a bigger role instead of the sidekick.

Another thing I liked…

The movie was shot wonderfully. It had amazing scenery as it took place in the glamorous New York City. With rich vibrant colours and cozy appeals in character’s rooms, it was hard not to fall for the aesthetically pleasing chick flick. Besides the smooth wide angle shots of the concrete jungle, the movie featured blood-pumping club hits that excited audiences. At some point, I found myself dancing in my seat because the songs were just so epic and catchy.

To summarize, this movie is not a romantic comedy. It’s a straight up girls-night-out movie where you watch with your friends and enjoy the night without any hassle. It is also extremely uplifting in the end when characters finally developed, finding happiness, peace, and love from themselves and others.



15 thoughts on “Movie review: How to Be Single

  1. I was kinda tempted to watch this movie, and with your lovely review, you’ve convinced me to check it out.
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