DYNAMIC DUO: Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson in a scene of How to Be Single.
DYNAMIC DUO: Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson in a scene of How to Be Single. Contributed

A guide on how to survive your life

How to Be Single

Stars: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann

Director: Christian Ditter

Reviewer: Javier Encalada

Verdict: 3.5/5

IF you are single after a long term relationship, like I am, this movie will tickle all your emotional weak spots with a cocktail made of three parts of slapstick humour, one part of bitterness and one part of "youthful hope".

Young guns Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common a need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love.

The city is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle.

Somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these singles have in common is the need to learn how to be single.

Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.

OK, so I have two issues with this film.

The first one is that it made me feel ancient: Dakota Johnson (50 Shades of Grey) is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, and I almost felt like I was spying on a young niece's private life.

The second one is the premise that people need to learn how to be single. It bothered me that somehow being single was a negative thing, but I realised during the film that this feeling of mine was my own responsibility, not the film's writers, directors or producers.

This film has enough comedy (mostly by Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnson) for two Hollywood rom-coms.

There is also enough romance and sex scenes to get couples holding hands.

But what this film does best is offer you a warm and fuzzy Hollywood cliche only to kill it with a comedic pun.

How to Be Single could be the next Bridget Jones Diaries. It is a fresh approach at how real(ish), imperfect(ish) people deal with the dangerous business of finding your happy ever after.

Another refreshing point of this film is that it deals with pregnancy, IVF, male-female friendship and more.



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