Movie Review: How To Be Single

By Courtney Isom

During February break, I saw the movie How To Be Single, directed by Christian Ditter and released on February 12, 2016. This hilarious romantic comedy is one that will definitely keep you laughing, but will also make you do some thoughtful self reflection and challenge yourself to think about how important it is to pursue your own self journey. This is definitely one I would recommend to all, but specifically for the young women of our generation.

A young woman named Alice,  played by Dakota Johnson, decides to move to New York  after four years of college and telling her long term boyfriend that she wants to take a break from their relationship to find herself. Alice starts a new path for herself and takes a job as a paralegal in the city. At her new job is where she meets, Robin, played by Rebel Wilson, her crazy, wild co worker who only parties and sleeps with different men every night. With Robin as her partner in crime, Alice learns all the rules on how to meet men, get free drinks at the bar, and take on being single without any strings attached while also on her own journey of discovering self love.

Rebel Wilson, also known as Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect, is witty, hysterical, and untamed. Her strong personality and rebelliousness is what kept the audience laughing, and I believe she was one of the reasons why the film was such a huge success. Dakota Johnson, also known as Ana from Fifty Shades of Grey, is innocent, sarcastic, and dorky. Wilson and Johnson were definitely a leading dynamic duo with their opposite personalities.

Usually with any movie it would be expected that there will be certain parts in the movie that will feel drawn out or unneeded, however that was not the case for me. I was completely engaged the entire movie, which I was surprised by. The film itself was an hour and 50 minutes, which I believe to be fairly good timing.

I found that one of the most interesting things about the movie is that it’s so relatable, especially for our generation. Our generation is so focused on looking for love, attention, and acceptance from others that we don’t know how to find that within ourselves and be content with being alone. Society says that life is about about finding “the one” and being in love when in reality, it’s about being happy and truly loving yourself. At times during the movie, I found myself thinking about how many times I had let a relationship that I didn’t need get in the way of my happiness when I would have been perfectly comfortable with focusing on myself. There isn’t anything wrong with being in a relationship or being in love, however I think it’s extremely important for us to take advantage of the fact that we are young and this is our time to explore, have fun, and figure out who we are, without the distraction of a committed relationship. How To Be Single does an amazing job at showing the beauty of being single and emphasizing the importance of looking for yourself, rather than looking for the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. The main idea of the movie is that sometimes, “the one” is yourself and that may be all you need to be happy. “The one” doesn’t always have to include another person because there is so much more to life than being in love. There is so much more to be discovered.

How To Be Single was expressive, authentic, and unique- traits that I find many romantic comedies lack nowadays. Seeing this movie is definitely a decision you won’t regret.