No need for Prince Charming
How to Be Single Director: Christian Ditter Starring: Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson How to Be Single isn’t what you are expecting – and it’s the perfect antidote to the awfulness of Valentine’s Day.
It also takes a great swipe at films that are about women in search of Mr Right, or the ones where men are reformed by Ms Right.
With Rebel Wilson headlining, expect a whole lot of crass fun, and she – as always – delivers as Robin.
Robin is the lynchpin of the story; she knows how to be single. She knows how to have a good time and she shows Alice (Dakota Johnson) how to release her inner party animal. Alice has left a good relationship to do that most clichéd of things – find herself. She moves to New York, she meets Robin and the rest should be easy, but being single turns out to be tough, and not for the reasons you might think.
Added to the mix is Alice’s successfully single sister, Meg (Leslie Mann). A gynaecologist who doesn’t want children, she has a happy life. Until she doesn’t.
The fourth character is Lucy (Alison Brie). She’s developed an array of computer programs and algorithms to help her find the perfect mate, and she is methodically searching the web for him.
Director Christian Ditter, who previously directed Love, Rosie, does a fine job with this film, which rises above being a crude comedy about getting drunk and getting laid, to delve into what it really means to be single and how we probably all need to learn to be alone before we can be together.
I expected something fluffier, but I got something more meaningful and wrapped up in a refreshingly anti-Prince Charming package.
The traditional romcom is dead. Here’s her replacement. – Gayle Edmunds