How to Be Single: Film Review -­ A Feel-­good Film

Verdict: Love and laughter guaranteed!

“Am I in love with him, or am I in love with the feeling?” In this day and age, we seldom ask ourselves this, and when we finally do, we realize it is often the thought of falling in love that fascinates us. Some of us want to fall in love because we seem to be growing old or because we are lonely, or simply, because all our friends have found The One.



What if you were told, you could be just as happy alone, as you would be in a relationship? Or perhaps, even more? Directed by Christian Ditter, the film How to Be Single (based on the novel of the same name), can show you how.

This film is a story of lonely hearts, looking for love. Love by means of blind dates, one­-night stands and online dating. Alice (Dakota Johnson), having lost her beau to another woman, is taught by her best friend Robin (Rebel Wilson) how she should be single- a set-up that lends itself to a lot of humor, which the film totally delivers on. Their chemistry makes each comic scene, even the cliched ones, work.

In her attempts to find love, Alice loses her individuality, while Robin is always sure of herself. Meanwhile, Lucy (Alison Brie) remains positive that she will find her soulmate on an online portal, while Meg (Leslie Mann), despite being an obstetrician, is not so keen on motherhood herself. 

Even as the film deals with varying definitions of love, it evokes giggles and laughter. The scenes in which Robin is seen jumping on a moving taxi (in which Alice is seated) and when the two of them are together in the sauna, were accompanied by uncontrollable laughter from the audience. 

With a run time of 110 minutes, the film focuses not on one character but on each one. Meg discovers her hidden motherly instincts and eventually finds love. Alice and Robin come to terms with their differences, and Alice also learns to fall in love ­with herself. In the end, How to Be Single reinforces the fact that happiness only comes from within. 

Why You Should Watch This Movie: 
Not only are the characters well­-written, they are relatable. You can get caught up in the feel­s-good-to-be-single spirit, and find yourself wanting to dance in the ‘no drama’ party scenes! This chick flick puts a smile on your face while making you “good at being alone”.

Release Date: 12 Feb 2016
Language: English
Director: Christian Ditter
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Cast & Crew: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann
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