How to Be Single

R- rated

I think “How to be Single” should be renamed “How to be Lonely in New York City.” The movie follows four twenty-something women and two men who are single in New York.

New York City is full of lonely people seeking the right person to share their lives. What Alice (Dakota Johnson), Robin (Rebel Wilson), Lucy (Alison Brie) , Meg (Leslie Mann), Tom (Anders Holm) and David (Damon Wayans, Jr.) all have in common is the need to learn how to be comfortable being single.

The film starred a group of gorgeous young actors who we will see much more of in the future. Dakota Johnson gave a solid performance as Alice. She is the daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Rebel Wilson provided the comic relief or the insanity. I found her character a little annoying and way over the top. Anders Holm and Damon Wayans, Jr. provided eye candy for all the women in the audience but their characters were not as well-defined as the women’s roles.

I have mixed feelings about this movie. I did not leave feeling happy although I think that was the intent of the movie. Overall, it felt kind of sad even though there were plenty of laughs throughout the film.

This is definitely a chick flick. I will be surprised if too many men enjoy the film. In fact, I think most men will go kicking and screaming if they have to see this film. It is definitely a film you want to see with your BFF, not your boyfriend. There were some really funny lines throughout the movie that the audience laughed at. Most were risqué and there was some nudity. If you are a woman under fifty, I think you will enjoy this film. If you are over fifty, you may be offended by some of the dialog, the jokes and the nudity.

“How to be Single” was directed by Christian Ditter.

The screenplay for “How to be Single” was written by Abby Kohn, Mac Silverstein, and Dana Fox with the screen story by Abby Kohn and Mac Silverstein. The screenplay was based on the book of the same name by Liz Tuccillo who also co-authored “He’s Just Not That Into You” which was also turned into a movie of the same name.

“How to be Single” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6 and Dougherty Theaters Jerseyville Stadium Theater.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at Visit Mary’s website at