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How To Be Single- Karl “The Flick Fanatic” Sides

 

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Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson teach you how to avoid falling into a relationship in the  big city in the new film “How to be Single”.

If “Sex and the City” is the guide to women dating in the big city, then “How To Be Single” is the guide to women getting free drinks, having sex and avoiding the entanglement of a relationship. Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson and Leslie Mann give us three different views on dating in this romantic comedy.

Alice (Dakota Johnson) is ready to graduate college and comes up with the idea to take  break from her boyfriend to make sure they are right for each other. Alice is now single and working as an intern at a law firm in NYC. Her first day on the job she meets Robin (Rebel Wilson), who is going to take Alice around and show her how to be a single girl in New York.

Robin has all these “theories” about dating including how many drinks to have before you hook up and how many days to wait to call a guy back. Also if she sees use emoji’s in a text she will tit punch you! Robin takes Alice to her favorite bar so Alice can get busy with bartender Tom (Anders Holm). Tom believes in staying single, so much so he even has his apartment set up without anything for breakfast and no water so girls will leave after sex.

Alice is staying with her sister Meg (Leslie Mann), a gynecologist that doesn’t want kids or a husband until she holds a patient’s baby for 20 minutes. Meg then decides to get pregnant from a sperm donor. Meg comes in to find Alice passed out on the couch, then meets Robin who appears from behind the couch. Meg leaves for the hospital just before the guy appears in the kitchen that Robin had sex with the night before.

After hooking up with Tom numerous times and failed dating experiences with a David (Damon Wayans Jr.) a single father getting over the death of his wife, Alice decides it is time to go back to her college boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun). Problem is Josh has moved on and is living with his new girlfriend.

So Alice is now single in the city wanting a relationship. How To Be Single was better than I thought it would be, but still not worth paying full price to see it at the theaters. It is one of the better roles by Rebel Wilson and my favorite scenes are with Meg and Ken (Jake Lacy), a male receptionist at the law firm where Alice and Robin work. Leslie Mann is hilarious trying to find a way to tell a younger man that loves her, she is already pregnant with a baby from a sperm bank!

How to be Single also features some good supporting performances by Alison Brie (Community) and Jason Mantzoukas (The League). If you are a fan of Rebel Wilson or just need a rom com to see, catch this one at the bargain matinee. I would really wait for DVD.

Rating: 2/6

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