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How to Be Single
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06.21.2016 By: Sean Wist
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Director:
Christian Defn

Actors:
Dakota Johnson
Rebel Wilson
Leslie Mann
Alison Brie

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
How to Be Single chronicles the lives of four women living in New York City who, through dating/sleeping with various men, learn something about each other and what it takes to love being single. You can go ahead and throw up a little bit now.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Here's a flick that wants to be Bridesmaids, but is more Valentine's Day. That makes sense given that some of the writers from the latter worked on this flick. I won't even bother mentioning the details of the source material, as it has nothing to do with the end result. How to Be Single comes off like a bad version of Sex in the City, which is ironic considering that the series is mentioned in the film. Devoid of any wit or sense of sexiness, this film doesn't even take advantage of its R-rating.

The main character we follow around is Alice, played as well as she could be by Dakota Johnson. Alice dumps her college boyfriend because she wants to experience life as a single person before getting married, and this is done in no way that the audience can get behind. Right off the bat this movie has alienated the audience by giving us a lead character we can't identify with. Her aging sister yearning for a family (Leslie Mann) and "wacky" comedic friend (Rebel Wilson) don't fare much better, making up the trio we follow around for the duration. There is a fourth woman played by Alison Brie, who gets far less of the screen time, and we're thankful for it. She plays a character so unreasonable and demanding that we can't even be bothered to give a shit about her. We're already too busy not giving a shit about the three other leads of this movie.

I'm not painting a pretty portrait of this film, but the fact of the matter is, this story is about as vanilla as you could make an R-rated venture. All of the actors (men included) are much better than the material they've been given. If the filmmakers wanted to make a light, popcorn comedy or a serious, character-driven journey about the merits of being single, they should've aimed for either/or. Instead, we're left with something that tries to straddle the line, but falls into a mess of mediocrity.
THE EXTRAS
The Pros and Cons of How to Be Single (5:10): The first featurette has the actors name the pros and cons of their characters as we check out some behind-the-scenes footage from the film. It's about as exciting as I could possibly make it sound.

Rebel Rabble: A Look at Rebel Wilson (4:07): This extra takes a look at some of the one-liners Rebel spouts out during the film, as well as a few variations. I know Rebel has her fans and non-fans, but this movie didn't exactly give her much to work with, so there aren't any laughs to be had here.

The Best Idea Wins! The Humor of How to Be Single (6:05): This breaks down the on-set relationship between the screenwriter and the director and I'll be damned if it isn't actually interesting! Basically, they'll bounce ideas off of the cast after a scene is shot to get some alternate takes, which is certainly more enjoyable than having to watch the entire film .

Deleted Scenes (8:05): Well, at least the filmmakers had the good sense to take stuff OUT of the film! The biggest addition here is seeing Damon Wayans Jr.'s character and his dating exploits, but we also get some odds and ends of our main girls. Certainly nothing pertinent to the "story".

Gag Reel (1:55): This is the worst kind of gag reel, where they pipe in upbeat music and give you next to no context for every outtake, so most of the time it's the actor going, "I messed it up!" I'm sure someone here had fun on set . . . I think . . .

Rebel Wilson Outtakes (7:37): And here it is! The feature to end all features...as far as this Blu-ray is concerned. This video does go over some of Rebel's ad-libbing, but it also shows off a few deleted scenes with her character.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This is the kind of movie where you just feel bad for everyone involved. It's a poor shot at an ensemble romantic comedy and doesn't even utilize its R-rating, leaving it to die a horrible cinema death. The Blu-ray brings a few one-and-done features your way if you're that interested, but frankly, the people who want to see this movie probably don't care how it was put together. Do yourself a favor and forget that this one was even put together in the first place, and find yourself a better romantic comedy to spend two hours with.
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