HOW TO BE SINGLE REVIEWED
“How to Be Single” tries to break the recent string of romantic comedy duds by being R-rated and seemingly edgy. The problem with that is it uses the rating as an excuse to lightly touch upon mature topics with a PG-13 sensibility. I don’t know who keeps trying to make Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson into lead actresses, but it’s not working. There’s nothing that Wilson and Johnson offers that couldn’t be handled by any other actress. Their forced storylines feel like a pastiche of recent British romantic flicks and the typical hour long drama.
Tack onto that how long the film runs. Who needs two hours to tell a story that would’ve needed padding to hit 90 minutes? Luckily, these are the kinds of films that happen to hit target audiences in key weekends. Even if it does nosedive, you’ll probably get a home video release around Mother’s Day. So, Warner Brothers has fixed Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day planning for you. You should thank them for taking the pressure off your frontal lobe.
- Studio: Warner Brothers
- Rating: R
- Run time: 1 hr 50 mins