How To Be Single (15)

Amanda Yap fills us in on whether How To Be Single is comedy gold or falls a little flat

29th February 2016

After watching her captivating performance in Pitch Perfect 2, I was so psyched to see Rebel Wilson in another light-hearted comedy, not about acapella musicals but about How To Be Single. It stars Dakota Johnson who plays Alice, whom after suspending her four year relationship, attempts to embrace singlehood in the Big Apple.

Being absent from the dating pool for a while, she acquires dating tips from her boldly reckless newfound friend, Robin played by Rebel Wilson whose character is the absolute life of the party. Alice’s older sister, Meg played by Leslie Mann, who was initially against anything to do with family life, gets pregnant through a sperm donor due to a change of heart. Then, there is Lucy, played by Alison Brie who frequents the bar below her house, is a subscriber of ten dating sites and uses mathematical formulas in a desperate attempt to find her true love.

This movie is your typical romantic comedy but definitely not on the top of your must-watch list; the type where the audience trail the protagonist on a soul-searching quest to discover herself and re-think love. However, one gripe that surfaced was that there are too many characters involved and the feeling that each character is trying to outshine each other and becoming slightly redundant as the movie progressed.

"This movie is your typical romantic comedy but definitely not on the top of your must-watch list"

Just as the viewers are starting to get acquainted to the characters, the door shut in their faces, leaving them with very superficial understanding of each character. Nevertheless, it is a stress-reliever that will sufficiently entertain you for a good two hours as you chuckle at Alice and Robin’s not-so-smart antics at the bar and smile with satisfaction at how some of the relationships panned out in the end.

The moral that I got eventually was a good reminder to embrace single life as fully as possible – from this independence moulds a strong personality that is able to pilot new experiences of fulfilment.

More like this: Bridesmaids (2011)

Rating: 7/10

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