A group of young adults navigate love and relationships in New York City.


Christian Ditter


Abby Kohn (screenplay by), Marc Silverstein (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Johnson ... Alice
Rebel Wilson ... Robin
Leslie Mann ... Meg
Damon Wayans Jr. ... David
Anders Holm ... Tom
Alison Brie ... Lucy
Nicholas Braun ... Josh
Jake Lacy ... Ken
Jason Mantzoukas ... George
Colin Jost ... Paul
Mickey Gooch Jr. ... Robin's Date
Sarah Ramos ... Michelle
Vanessa Rubio ... David's Wife
Zani Jones Mbayise ... Phoebe
Brent Morin ... Lucy's Date


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.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The second book that Alice is reading on her staircase is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. See more »


On a flat screen TV, it is painfully obvious that all the lead actresses - in one same scene - share the same exact shade of (unflattering) matte red lipstick. Not only does it reveal that they all went through the same make up table - in a distracting fashion - the lipstick appears smeared, with normal application towards the center, and the rest smeared (or missing) across the sides of their lips. See more »


Alice: The thing about being single is, you should cherish it. Because, in a week, or a lifetime, of being alone, you may only get one moment. One moment, when you're not tied up in a relationship with anyone. A parent, a pet, a sibling, a friend. One moment, when you stand on your own. Really, truly single. And then... It's gone.
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Worth It
Written by Kid Ink (as Brian Collins), Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (as Mikkel Eriksen), Tor Erik Hermansen (as Tor Hermansen), Priscilla Renea and Ori Kaplan
Performed by Fifth Harmony feat. Kid Ink
Courtesy of Epic Records/Simco Ltd.
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Kid Ink appears courtesy of Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records
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Better than average romantic comedy
23 December 2016 | by smatysiaSee all my reviews

This is a better than average romantic comedy. I gave this one an extra star, because, although it largely followed the rom-com formula, meaning happy endings for most of the characters, it wasn't obvious who was going to end up with who, or otherwise. Rare is the film in this genre that does not telegraph its exact ending at least forty minutes away. Rebel Wilson played to type and was quite amusing. Alison Brie was lovely, and played her neurotic role very well. Dakota Johnson was absolutely adorable. I hope to see more of her in the future. Kudos to Leslie Mann, as well. The New York sets and photography were impressive, and there were no obtrusive directing techniques.

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Release Date:

12 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Be Single See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,878,911, 14 February 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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