Review: How To Be Single

With Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie, Anders Holm, Jake Lacy, Nicholas Braun & Damon Wayans Jr, comes a comedy about being single in the city that never sleeps, especially if you consume the same amount of alcohol as Wilson’s character. There’s nothing really new in the formula for this film, except that maybe this time being single isn’t such a bad thing?

Just by watching the trailer, you know straight away that Wilson will be the star of the film and it’s right, her style of humour is always on point to bring the big laughs which usually is a plus but here it has the effect of making the rest of the film feel slightly more dull. Johnson, although this might be by design, comes across as simply a flaky, drip of a woman who feels like less of a person without a man in her life which hardly fits in with promoting that being single can be a good thing. The rest of the cast all do well with their, not quite limited but almost, parts and though I’m usually not a fan of Anders Holm as a womanising arse, he’s actually quite good and funny. Out of the cast, a big highlight is Leslie Mann with her ever dependable presence in comedy.

The story itself is entertaining but at points begins to have a slightly depressing perspective with Johnson’s character constantly sad and giving up for not having a steadfast relationship which disappoints the expectation of a light and funny film. Realistically, it is a film of highs and lows when, with the genre it fits the lows should not be so prominent though being generous, you could call that pragmatic. It’s put together fairly well, moves through time fast enough to keep things interesting but not too fast as to lose track of how much has passed, there’s some good laughs and awareness of the modern dating world but there’s nothing really deep enough to grab hold of an audience.

Honestly, this is one I don’t have too much to say about, I wasn’t overly impressed by it and at the same time, I wasn’t entirely disappointed, it lands somewhere in between. It may be worth a watch, but it’s not a film I’ll be in much of a hurry to see again, and with this film and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Grimsby being Wilson’s latest work, I’m hoping to see something better with her part in the Absolutely Fabulous film and the third Pitch Perfect as her fantastic comedy style needs to be used in better projects than those currently gracing our cinemas.

Verdict: 6/10

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