A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid often irresponsible behavior is message that singlehood can be fun, but it's not for everyone. Some women believe that if they've had sex with a man once, they're in a relationship, despite the man's protest that it was a one-night stand.
Positive Role Models
Characters make plenty of iffy choices. A woman mourning the loss of a boyfriend immediately takes up with a man in the car next to her simply because he waves a bottle of alcohol. Dineo doesn't understand boundaries other people set. She's a social media professional yet she often posts thoughtlessly, getting herself into trouble.
Violence & Scariness
Best friends argue and split up. A woman humiliates a man in a restaurant in front of a crowd, airing her grievances.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of sexual innuendo. A woman suggests another give someone a "BJ." One woman advises another that having sex with a man more than once is a pitfall to be avoided. There's much talk of going to bars to "get laid."
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"S--t" and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke marijuana. Drinking alcohol is a regular part of the day for two women who then drink a lot more when they go out at night to pick up men. A woman is still drunk when she goes to work. She vomits on the shoes of a client.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Seriously Single is a South African romantic comedy about a woman's quest to find love. Sex and alcohol are constants here, making this most appropriate for older teens. Women end up in bed with men they barely know, but there's no nudity or graphic sex. A woman suggests that another woman give someone a "BJ." There's much talk of going to bars to "get laid." Alcohol and hangovers are rampant. Adults smoke marijuana and drink alcohol to excess. A hungover woman vomits on a client. Language includes "s--t" and "bitch." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a formulaic romcom with a lead character who's oblivious to reality and whose actions seem annoyingly self-defeating. The directors seem to have encouraged the actor portraying Dineo to overact, as if a "big" performance were the key to comedy. Seriously Single bears more than a passing resemblance to 2016's How to Be Single, down to the detail of providing the main character looking for love with a cynical and wise-cracking best friend reminiscent of the earlier movie's Rebel Wilson character.
The best part is a portrayal of a loving relationship between two female friends. But the messages are mixed. As a whole, what at first seems like an effort to applaud strong independent women in fact offers a heroine desperately looking for a husband before she ages out of sexual contention. This wallows in unpleasant stereotypes about women as either whores or saints, either desperate to marry or mindlessly seeking anonymous sex. It's all over the place on men as well, painting them as both faithless dogs who only want one thing, and sincere suitors wanting solid relationships. The overall message is that men and women treat each other as sexual toys, with alcohol the constant lubricant in this game.
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