Screen Pass: “How to Be Single,” a review by your token single senior girl

Valentine’s Day 2016, or as some may call it Single Awareness Day, has come and gone. Let’s all breathe a sigh of relief.

As a single person, I was a happy celebrator of Galentine’s Day, traditionally the day before the main event, but for those single girls out there this is all we’ve got, and it takes up two days. And yes, by traditionally I mean as invented by Parks and Recreation.

With the holiday fast approaching, and my status as the 3rd, 5th, and 7th wheel becoming more and more apparent among my friends, my fellow single ladies and I devised a plan: We know how to be single, so let’s go watch a movie about it and see how wrong it is.

Expecting a romcom in disguise, which at parts it definitely was, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the film’s accuracies. I found myself feeling like I was watching myself and my friends at brunch, listening to us lament the frustrations of modern day dating. To emoji or not to emoji? Is Tinder still a thing? The struggle is real and the film showed this struggle.

Shaped around a calendar year, the movie highlights the passing of time through the celebration of holidays. Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, the list goes on. It was a nice way to mark the year and keep you informed on exactly how much time had passed.

The plot was bland as nothing that remarkable happened. The plot twists were just as surprising as following GPS directions and the weaving of characters into each other’s lives made it just another super-cast movie circa Valentine’s Day.

Also bland was Dakota Johnson’s performance. You may remember her from 50 Shades of Grey, a bookturned-movie that seemed nearly impossible to make boring, yet she managed to do it. In How to Be Single her role as Alice, the main character, is taking a break from her long-term boyfriend to experience singledom. The role fits her better than Anastasia Steele, but overall she struggles with the fact that she can’t unzip her dress by herself and therefore feels alone and inadequate.

It takes a while for her to adjust, but eventually she comes to a groundbreaking realization that being single isn’t code for being boring, being Dakota Johnson is.

But that’s not to say that there weren’t highlights. Every friend group has a Rebel Wilson, the tellit-like-it-is class clown. She’s the comic relief, and the one who gets you out of even your SWUGiest of funks. In the case of How To Be Single, she carries the film. All the jokes are hers, and at times they even seem adlibbed. Be my funny

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Though certainly the comic relief, Wilson also makes one of the most serious takeaway points—the value of good friends.

Valentine’s Day is really just a celebration of love, so why not celebrate with those who will always love you? Good friends are there no matter what. They listen to your rants and frustrations, they make you laugh, they tell you the truth. If that’s not worth celebrating I don’t know what is.

Yes, some parts of the film were more realistic than others, but if you learned one thing from How To Be Single it’s that being single doesn’t mean being alone or being boring, it just means having really good friends.

Overall, the film made me laugh, made two of my friends cry, and didn’t single-shame the single ladies out there. The humor was spectacularly female, highlighting the feminine experience of being single with glimmers into the male psyche.

Because of this pink overtone (maybe that was just Galentine’s Day taking), I may not recommend How To Be Single for date night. Although wouldn’t that be quite the way to breakup with someone? Single or not, How To Be Single is perfectly accompanied by a glass of vino and a toast to the girlfriends who help get you through.

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