New from The Movie Snob.
How to Be Single (F). Time is running out!!! I don’t mean time is running out to see this movie; unfortunately it’ll be in the theaters a few more weeks before shuffling off, unloved and unmissed, into the movie half-life of DVDs and streaming. I mean that time is running out for cute Alison Brie (The Five-Year Engagement) to get her movie career going! Her recent vehicle Sleeping with Other People was horrendous, and her small fourth-wheel role in this stinker will do her no favors either.
Anyhoo, this is a terrible movie about “relationships.” It reminded me a little of He’s Just Not That Into You, another terrible movie about relationships, only this one was terrible right from the get-go. Alice (Dakota Johnson, The Five-Year Engagement) is a bland college grad who “takes a break” from her boyfriend and finds herself floundering around, socially speaking, in NYC. Her older sister Meg (Leslie Mann, The Other Woman) is an obstetrician who has apparently never looked closely at a baby before because as soon as she does, she wants one. Alice’s friend Robin is played by Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) acting like Rebel Wilson always does. And Alison Brie’s character, Lucy, doesn’t seem to know any of the other three and thus seems to be in a separate (very short) movie all her own. The characters are generally crass and always unbelievable, and toward the end (which is way too far away from the beginning) annoying pseudo-profundities about “being single” start dropping like anvils. If you want an R-rated romantic comedy, skip this movie and look up Drinking Buddies or rewatch Bridesmaids instead.