Unsure what kind of movie it wants to be, How To Be Single is a messy mix of everything, burying the final, genuinely felt 20 minutes that could have saved this intermittently amusing, sloppily made rom-com.
Rebel Wilson’s Robin acts as spirited opener and punch line as good-time-girl guide to singleton Alice’s (Dakota Johnson, proving her bland Fifty Shades of Grey turn was no fluke) examination of the uncoupled life.
Lesley Mann gives the flick its funniest, most engaging performance as workaholic doctor Meg, who’s shocked to feel motherhood pangs while resisting an ardent younger guy (Jake Lacy).
Alison Brie pops in and out as an afterthought as a strategic online dater, while Wilson gets shoved aside for a whirl of mating and dating.
Single often appears to be a Sex and the City retread, including a character catch-up montage straight from the HBO series. No surprise here, the script is based on SATC writer Liz Tuccillo’s book.