December 19, 2016

How To Be Single (2016)

Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, Leslie Mann

This movie is bad. And by bad, I mean terrible. And by terrible, I mean atrocious.

I understand all those words basically mean the same thing, but I'm searching for the exact right word to describe just how stupid this movie is.

I'll start with Rebel Wilson.

Rebel Wilson is the Napoleon Dynamite of actors: some people think she's hilarious, while the rest of us hate everyone who thinks she's hilarious because it means she keeps getting cast in movies.

So...she's in the movie. Does she single-handedly ruin it? No, because that would mean there was a meaningful plot to destroy. Instead, it's a Coke Zero version of He's Just Not That Into You with less famous, less attractive people. No offense to Alison Brie, whom I recently praised in the very watchable Sleeping With Other People, but she's just no Gennifer Goodwin. Nor is Fifty Shades actress Dakota Johnson, though this movie at least convinced me she does actually know how to act.

As it turns out, this movie is so reminiscent of He's Just Not That Into You because it's written by the same person, former Sex and the City writer Liz Tuccillo. Except that in this movie, not all storylines are equally interesting. Leslie Mann does her crazy lady thing, which is always entertaining, even if she's played it a million times before. And when Leslie Mann playing a stereotypical hormonal pregnant woman is the best part of the movie, well...

The best thing I can say about it is that I don't hate myself for watching it.

Final word: See the bolded statement above.

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