Cary, NC — How To Be Single is the latest romantic comedy about late 20-somethings struggling to live the single life in New York. The film hits all the familiar beats, but, thanks to its extremely likable and funny cast, Single makes for an enjoyable and light Valentines Day watch.
Johnson Scores Big Laughs
Dakota Johnson deserves better than Fifty Shades of Grey. She hit the big time last year as the lead role in the tepid adaptation of the immensely popular novel, and she was easily the best thing about it.
Like her mother, Melanie Griffith, Johnson has a great comedic sensibility about her. She’s the lead again here, and, while she largely plays it straight to Rebel Wilson’s (Pitch Perfect) outlandish character Robin, she gets most of the film’s biggest laughs thanks to her reactions to everyday dating situations. I really hope Johnson is allowed to do more outside of the romantic genre, as it’s clear she has an immense likability onscreen.
Funny, Likeable Supporting Cast
As I mentioned, Rebel Wilson plays Johnson’s best friend, and she brings her usual unique energy to everything. Wilson is actually an incredible physical comedian, a rarity these days, but, more often than not, she is more distracting than funny. It’s not a huge knock, but Wilson plays it so broadly that it clashes with the serious things happening around her.
Rounding out the female cast is Leslie Mann (Knocked Up) and Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men), and both do a great job. Like Johnson, Brie has been threatening to break out for a while now. I don’t quite suspect this will be the vehicle that will do it, but it’s still a nice showcase for her, even if it’s in a supporting manner.
As for the guys, we have Anders Holm (Workaholics, The Mindy Project), Jake Lacy (The Office) and Damon Wayans Jr. (New Girl, Happy Endings). All three are likable and funny, but it’s Wayans who stands out. He comes from a showbiz family (his dad is Damon Wayans of In Living Color fame featuring Jim Carrey), and he has the chops to prove it. If I had to pick, I’d say the girls fare a little better here, but it’s not for lack of effort from these guys.
Enjoyable Romantic Comedy
How To Be Single is a nice, breezy date movie with a great lead and hilarious supporting players.
If you’re looking for your Valentine’s Day fix, this is definitely the way to go!