Parents' Guide to

Seriously Single

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Predictable romcom about love, friendship has sex, drinking.

Movie NR 2020 106 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Cute modern romcom.

Pretty good romantic comedy. Some feel good moments and some lessons learned. A little sex, but hinted at. No nude romps in bed. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's fine for older teens.

Is It Any Good?

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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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