Happy New Year, everyone. Now I’m going to teach everyone How To Be Single. Not really, but you’re not stupid. This was a movie I mostly ignored until now. It didn’t really interest me very much from any of the trailers or promotional ads… but I figured now was as good as time as any to check it out… was it better than my expectations? Sure, but was that enough? I’m not sure. Let’s get into it.
“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.”
This review won’t take long because I noticed one good thing about this film and one bad thing about the film. The good thing that this film does is something remarkably similar to what Love Actually does. Love Actually was all about love, and what that word means to different people. It’s romantic love, lust, familial love, etc. Well, the same applies here – for single folks. You have that person that needs to let someone in, that person that needs to love themselves, that person who uses their singlehood to sleep around, and that high maintenance person who needs to calculate who their soul mate is. The idea behind it is nice, and a lot of the jokes honestly stick better than I ever thought they would, but what about that negative?
The negative thing in question is plot. This movie is about absolutely nothing and everything all at the same time. If you look at it as a whole, there’s no overall goal or anything. But if you think about it, there’s like six individual plots and goals too… Which then becomes over convoluted storytelling…It’s a mixture of both possibilities, neither of which is really all that fantastic. It needed something more when it came to the story, and it just didn’t have that.
In terms of the humor, I can’t deny that I did in fact laugh out loud in certain points, which is more than I can say for plenty of 2016 comedies, but the substance for the story was certainly lacking in that department, which for me, means it doesn’t win for the best comedy of the year. We’ll see what does when I create my next addition to the Demmy Awards!
Check it out!