May 20, 2016

How To Be Single | The Corny Movie Review by Navin

How to be single
Sometimes, Hollywood runs out of inspiration and googles for self-help and comes up with gems like 'How to lose a guy..' and then the other times, it comes up with inane chick flicks like this. 

How to be single is a rom-com of how (newly) single women in the only place worth living in the world aka New York have carved a lifestyle being single and loving it. 

There are plenty of sexual innuendos, side references to Sex and the City and Bridget Jones

According to the director, to be happy single, you must learn to balance drunken one night stands that are fueled and paid for by your active daytime jobs. 
If you have been freshly dumped, you'll find some semblance in Alice, who just broke up with her college sweetheart (Josh) of 4 years, to discover solitude and some 'alone-time' in her life, only to find out that she has been replaced by a new girl in his life. The pain is real indeed. 
After a bit, it gets a little too predictable and you'll find yourself yawning at the pace. 

Would I recommend it? Well, let me put it this way - Watch this only if you are low on estrogen and morale. How to be Single is like watching a spin cycle in a washing machine. You know its pointless but you still can't help staring at it. 
While the movie tempts you to go single because YOLO, I think I would have loved it if it didn't borrow so heavily from SATC.
The movie is crowded with many characters, all with their unique personalities and agendas. Dakota Johnson is best known for her role as Anastasia in 50 Shades of Grey (and the series) and the TV series Ben and Kate.
Rebel Wilson is best known for Bridesmaids.
Leslie Mann, best known for playing Ursula (the damsel who got rescued) in George of the Jungle, is a veteran of movies of this genre and probably needs to steer clear of sweet-as-corn-syrup movies like this.
Alison Brie is best known as Trudy Campbell in Mad Men and is otherwise a relative newbie to this genre. Individually, each of the 4 main characters are very talented but are wasted in multiple sub-plots and a story that becomes too tiresome to watch.

How To Be Single is a good example of 'How To Stop Making Movies Like This', because like so many other movies in this genre this one fails to tug at your heart strings.

My Rating: 4.5

What does the rating mean?
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.
8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience
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