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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There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then... See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Dan Stevens was originally cast, but dropped out to work on Beauty and the Beast (2017). See more »


The address given for the Wall Street law firm where Robin works would put it in the East River. See more »


[I've been thinking that the time we have to be single, is really the time we have to get good at being alone]
[But, how good at being alone do we really want to be?]
[Isn't there a danger that you'll get so good at being single, so set in your ways, that you'll miss out on the chance to be with somebody great?]
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13 February 2016 | by James_De_BelloSee all my reviews

A gentle, over sentimental mess that yet cannot be faulted for not trying and not caring. The most irritating thing about a film is when you see the filmmakers having no passion about the project; that happens way to many times with this kind of mid budget film and so, if "How to Be Single" can be proof of one thing, is that investing passion in your film always gives some kind of results.

One thing that really emerges from this film is that it is actually more funny than I expected. Some of the comedy really pays off and curiously enough it is always coming from the characters that the film is more interested in. Dakota Johnson, as I have said for some time, is quite a good actress and manages to take out something good out of this mediocre material. So does Alison Brie and of course Leslie Mann is always fun to watch.

On the other hand Rebel Wilson is annoying, uninspired and worst of all an appalling cliché. I knew everything that was going to happen to her character two minutes into the film, probably the same time at which I gave up thinking she was going to be any kind of funny or interesting in the film.

Overall there is lots of sentimentality, too many times characters give up character coherence in favor of a shock value or a cool scene that doesn't fit and end up in clichés. Yet, the director still manages to find a small balance of some heartfelt moments and genuine good comedy with actually a couple of character archs that were surprising and paid off.

Unfortunately the cinematography of this film is a big low point. It is as standard and dull as photography can get. Basic coverage of every scene and the most basic and uninspired editing around it. It's not like it is out of focus or not lit properly, its just that it is so straight forward and dull it almost cheapens every moment in the film. For example, there is a piece of comedy involving Rebel Wilson getting out of a car that is shot with five freaking cuts. It takes away the whole comedy from the moment that could have been shot with a single steady shot and it would have made the scene ten times funnier.

Although it is really forgettable and right now as I am writing I can't remember a good portion of it, there is still something to be found here, even though I will never recommend this for a theater viewing.

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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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