Parents' Guide to

How to Be Single

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Comedy about love, friendship has sex, drinking.

Movie R 2016 110 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

Good movie about friendship!

The movie shows kids how to be a good friend. It's also a great movie overall! It's a great movie you could see with the whole family.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 18+

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (14):

If it's possible to be annoyed and enchanted by a movie at the same time, HOW TO BE SINGLE fits the bill. Refreshingly frank and empowering but also annoyingly messy and predictable, this comedy about friendship and romance is simultaneously cliched, thought-provoking, and charming -- the latter largely thanks to star Johnson and a supporting cast that, for the most part, persuades with their zeal and humor.

But a complaint: While Wilson's storyline eventually ends on a funny twist, it's tiresome to see her play -- however ably -- the same role over and over again. A speech to a friend about not being shunted to the side for a relationship feels inauthentic and tacked on, written to wrap up loose ends rather than actually being the true center of a movie that dares to explore that tension. And though Brie's a very talented actress, her character, Lucy, who's overly focused on finding Mr. Right, feels like she belongs in a different movie altogether, one with a more traditional (and frankly boring) trajectory.

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