I had relatively high hopes for this movie. The trailers were funny and Rebel Wilson hilarious, so I couldn't imagine not liking this movie. Well, I liked it, but I didn't really love it.
This movie was a by-the-book romantic comedy. There was a love triangle (well in this case a quadrilateral). There is a break-up, a couple of screw-ups and party scenes, an insincere redemption from the ex, and an epiphany. If this sounds like pretty much every romantic comedy you have ever seen, that's because it is. The movie also results to raunchy comedy that is often excessive as opposed to intelligent humor.
The trailers portray the film as a Rebel Wilson movie, but it's not, it's actually a Dakota Johnson movie. The supporting cast is great. Rebel Wilson is obviously hilarious. Leslie Mann gives the film heartwarming qualities. The male supporting actors are the best part of the film, though. Nicholas Braun, Damon Wayans Jr., and Anders Holm are great as Johnson's love interests. Jake Lacey was hilarious as Mann's love interest too.
The film did some really cool things with superimposed text messages and the like, however that type of innovation was relatively infrequent. The rest of the film was full of dizzying shaky-cam scenes.
So overall, How to Be Single was good for a few laughs, but it definitely was not what I expected, and not for the good. Don't rush out to see this one, but don't necessarily avoid it.
How to Be Single
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: It's doubtful.
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