How To Be Single DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
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.

The Review
Okay so these days I am happily married, however when my first marriage fell apart I certainly had to deal with the whole art of being single again. It was hard and yet it was great. For me it was about making my own choices in life and having space to work on myself. There was counselling and lots of long talks with friends. There wasn’t a mass of running around drinking excessively and trying to score as many ladies as possible. That is what this film is about, I would guess that it is kind of this whole supposed empowering women thing that seems to be going on these days. Rather than us as a society realizing that men trying to get their rocks off with as many girls as possible isn’t really a good idea for long term healthy psychological well-being and that it is not really something that women should aspire to.

These styles of films certainly take you on a journey of discovery and generally come to the point that all the looking and playing can distract you from what is really right in front of you, however there is a lot of glorifying bad decisions along the way. That being said, my choices are not your choices and neither are they that of the film makers here. There are plenty of laughs to be had in this film but no surprises. Yes, like it’s counterparts Bridesmaids and so on, it is dirty, funny, sexy yet predictable.

I am sure there will be a stack load of women high-fiving after the film having loved its honest brazen approach to modern day relationships and for the most part it will be a good old laugh out with friends. As far as a date film… I would have to say that it has the potential to make you slightly uncomfortable about your relationship, if you take it too seriously. It really is another vehicle for Rebel Wilson to be Rebel Wilson and Damon Wayans Jnr to be what they always are in the films and TV shows that they star in.

The Verdict
A few laughs but not much else.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 1st June 2016
Rating: M-  Contains offensive language and sexual references
Duration: 110 minutes 
Genre:  Comedy
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie
Director: Christian Ditter (Love Rosie)

The Extras
This will be Dakota Johnson and Nicholas Brauns's third movie together.

Dan Stevens was originally cast, but dropped out to work on Beauty and the Beast (2017).

Alison Brie and Dakota Johnson played in the movie The Five-Year Engagement (2012), but not in the same scenes.

Lily Collins was cast as the lead in the role of Alice but dropped out and was replaced by Dakota Johnson.

Dakota Johnson was part of the show Ben and Kate, which Dana Fox wrote.