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Movie Review: How to Be Single

March 3, 2016

I went and saw this movie with two friends on Tuesday night, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I thought it might be one of those movies where all the best bits are in the trailer, but I didn’t think that was the case at all. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments, and to me it was one of those movies that just makes you happy.

I’m a chick flick kind of person though, so these movies are usually winners for me. But I haven’t really seen a great chick flick in a while, so I really enjoyed this one. I spent the whole movie wondering where I recognised one of the actors from, and after the movie I jumped on to IMDB and realised that I’ve only seen him in one movie before, but for some reason his face was very recognisable to me. It was Nicholas Braun.

Here is a brief summary of the movie from IMDB:

There’s a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then…there’s Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.

I’m not going to lie, I think Dakota Johnson is a good actress. So many people are hating on her just because she’s in 50 Shades of Grey. But to be honest, her performance in that movie is probably ruined because of the terrible writing rather than her acting skills. She’s actually a pretty hilarious person. I was going to link to a funny clip from when she was on Jimmy Fallon, but unfortunately it looks like it’s been removed for some strange reason.

I’m also a big fan of Leslie Mann. She’s always hilarious, no matter what she’s in, and I have to say she was probably my favourite in this movie. A lot of my laugh out loud moments were thanks to her lines.

I’m not a big fan of Rebel Wilson. I think she was way too over the top in this movie, just like in any other movie I’ve seen her in. They could have toned her character down a bit in my opinion. There is funny, and then there’s just silly and her character was definitely more of the second.

I have to say though that although the movie was cheesy, I still think it was clever and well-written. I saw the book in the bookstore the other day and thought about buying it, but decided not to because I was going to go see the movie. I’m curious now though, so if I continue my reading project, I might pick it up at some point.

All in all, I thought it was a good movie, and I’d probably watch it again without protesting. I’ll give it 3,5 out of 5.

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