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How to Be Single (2016)

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

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Christian Ditter

Writers:

Abby Kohn (screenplay), Marc Silverstein (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,750,000, 14 February 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,813,366, 10 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$112,343,513, 15 September 2016
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Alison Brie and Dakota Johnson starred in the movie The Five-Year Engagement (2012), but not in the same scenes See more »

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The shot of Tom and the skyline shows him contemplating texting, but then he decides not to, and we hear the sound of him locking his iPhone screen. This would turn the screen black. However as Tom reaches to put his phone in his back pocket, the screen is clearly still lit up. See more »

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Alice: Do you want to go see the Rockefeller tree?
Robin: No, Buzz-Cut and Dimples are visiting from Italy, and they want to know all about American Christmas traditions like us sitting on their faces.
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Questionable values with shallow characters.
6 July 2016 | by nicolechan916See all my reviews

This film isn't worth watching. It adds itself to the pile of nonsense comedies that teach a 'right' way to do something, which to me, is clearly not the right way. While the film has some funny moments, mostly coming from Wilson, but even then her character is predictable and too much.

I quite liked the acting and chemistry between Johnson and Mann, they acted well as sisters. I initially liked Johnson's character as well, but after awhile, she just became another shallow character. The other characters on screen aren't as vulgar as Wilson is (though that is her brand), and the writers are sure to add vulnerabilities in all of them, but they aren't well developed. Characters come and go, without any strong relationships being established, creating a superficial world.

I am adamantly against the idea that being single means having to sleep with every guy/girl someone meets. That is definitely not the 'right' way. What are movies like these teaching the younger generation? Not only is it a difference of opinion, it's a difference between cultures, and having more of these shows coming from Hollywood, enhances the stereotypes of Americans. Plus, it gives pressure to those who do not act like that, but believe that they should be (when all their friends do).

A pretty ridiculous movie, that I was wanting to get over with. I do not like to stop movies halfway unless I really can't stand it, so had to endure this. The flawed but yearning characters need more depth.

One thing that may have been an upside, was the pseudo-feminist narrative between Meg and Ken. It was great how the gender stereotypes got switched, but the eagerness of Ken, and reluctance of Meg makes me skeptical about the whole relationship. It's not that easy.

Overall, not worth paying for or wasting time watching.


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