No need for Prince Charm­ing

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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

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