How To Be Single (2016) Review

By Allison Rose   X Formly Known as Twitter
2 Min Read

If you do decide to see How to Be Single, don’t expect much. It isn’t very funny.  Johnson plays almost the same character as she did in Fifty Shades of Grey while Wilson is “Fat Amy”, only in a different setting.

Being single sucks.  At least to most women that's the way it seems.  We spend years trying to find the "perfect guy" only to realize he isn't so perfect.  But the alternative of being alone is so scary to some that they will do almost anything just to be in a relationship.

Not Alice (Dakota Johnson; Fifty Shades of Grey).  Alice needed to "find herself" and learn how to be alone after college so she told her boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun; The Perks of Being a Wallflower) she wanted to take a break.  That's when she met her coworker, Robin (Rebel Wilson; Pitch Perfect) who had to teach Alice how to be single.  Robin takes Alice out partying and teaches her how to flirt, get free drinks, and have casual sex with strangers.

Lucy (Alison Brie; Community) is so desperate to have a boyfriend she is on ten different dating websites and uses computer algorithms to find her perfect matches.  Using the free wifi from the bar she lives over, she gets dating advice from  bar owner, and perpetual "playa", Tom (Anders Holm; The Interview).

Finally, we have Alice's older sister, Meg (Leslie Mann; Vacatio, a successful Obstetrician who can't give up control enough to date and finally decides to have a baby on her own.  Once impregnated, she meets a much younger male receptionist, Ken (Jake Lacy; The Office), who desperately wants to be with her. 

Confused yet? Or, worse, bored?  I don't blame you.  All of these people intertwine and mingle in Warner Bros. How to Be Single, the new 20 something feature film in theaters just in time for Valentine's Day.

I guess the studio was hoping groups of single women would flock to the theater in solidarity this holiday weekend and make How to Be Single a huge hit.  Unfortunately, the movie isn't good enough and will have stiff competition from the latest Nicholas Sparks' Romance, The Choice.  Neither film is worth shelling out $9 for, but I guess if you don't have a date on the most romantic weekend of the year, heading to the theater beats the alternative of sitting at home alone in your sweats devouring a pint of ice cream.

If you do decide to see How to Be Single, don't expect much. It isn't very funny.  Johnson plays almost the same character as she did in Fifty Shades of Grey while Wilson is "Fat Amy", only in a different setting.  Frankly, Fat Amy was great in Pitch Perfect and still fun in the sequel, but now the character is becoming downright annoying.  Wilson better find a new role fast or she will become yesterday's news.

The men in this film are inconsequential and Lucy is that crazy stalker girl turned meme everyone talks about on Facebook.  The only one I even remotely liked was Mann, and even she played a character we have seen from her before.

The story is nothing new, except it is adapted for a new era with internet dating and In Vitro fertilization, and probably even more casual sex that occurred in the 1980s.  Otherwise, I've seen this done before, and done better, so do yourself a favor and forget How To Be Single.  You're better off in the sweats with the ice cream renting Singles or Reality Bites on Netflix

Grade: D

Directed By:
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 110 minutes
Distributed By: Warner Bros.

Purchase How To Be Single from the iTunes store.
Watch / Stream on Hulu
Stream on Vudu / Fandango

For more information about How To Be Single visit the FlickDirect Movie Database. For more reviews by Allison Rose please click here.

How To Be Single images are courtesy of Warner Bros.. All Rights Reserved.

FlickDirect, Allison   Rose

Allison Rose, a Senior Correspondent and Critic at FlickDirect, is a dynamic presence in the entertainment industry with a communications degree from Hofstra University. She brings her film expertise to KRMS News/Talk 97.5 FM and broadcast television, and is recognized as a Tomatometer-Approved Critic. Her role as an adept event moderator in various entertainment industry forums underscores her versatility. Her affiliations with SEFCA, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Online Film Critics Society highlight her as an influential figure in film criticism and media.

Read More How To Be Single Reviews

Physical Media: Blu-ray Review
With 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool sucking out most of the air on Valentine’s Weekend 2016, most critics didn’t give this film a second look, which is extremely unfortunate.
Full Review | Grade: B


Today's Digital HD DealsView All

Spider-man 2
Spider-man 2
WAS: $14.99
NOW: $5.99
War on Everyone
War on Everyone
WAS: $12.99
NOW: $9.99
WAS: $19.99
NOW: $9.99

Latest ReviewsView All

First Blood | Wal-Mart Exclusive SteelBook
Physical Media: 4K UHD Review
Apr 08, 2024 EST
Remembering Gene Wilder
Movie / Film Review
Mar 29, 2024 EST
Night Swim
Physical Media: Blu-ray Review
Apr 09, 2024 EST