Film Review: How to be Single
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★★★★☆ Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson make a great pairing in this just-slightly-cleverer-than-expected non rom-com: Johnson’s Alice, a sort of understated and inoffensive everywoman, acts as the perfect foil for Wilson’s predictably loud, liberated and entirely free Robin, in a film that finally rewrites the “single girl” genre for the 21st Century. Both are great actresses – albeit with entirely different styles – and their story takes on a familiar guise: a young woman (Johnson) breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and moves to New York to “find herself” in a post-university fit of independence, wherein she is befriended by a party-ready colleague - who might just teach her a few life lessons. The premise might have been done a thousand times, but How to be Single transcends the predictability of its genre and is deliberately knowing – pointed references to Bridget Jones and Sex and the City firmly let us know that it’s ok, the creators are in on the joke too. And it works. The set-up might be universal, but it doesn’t mean the storytelling has to be.
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