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How To Be Single



How to Be Single is a 2016 American romantic comedy film directed by Christian Ditter and written by Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein and Dana Fox, based on the novel of the same name by Liz Tuccillo. It stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr., Anders Holm, Alison Brie, Nicholas Braun, Jake Lacy, Jason Mantzoukas, and Leslie Mann, and follows a group of women in New York City who have different approaches on how to be single. The film was theatrically released in the United States on February 12, 2016, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It grossed $112 million worldwide and received mixed reviews from critics.




How to Be Single



The film closes with Alice reflecting on her time living alone and being single. Meg and Ken are together, while Robin continues her old habits. Tom opens up to the possibilities of non-casual relationships. Lucy marries George, and David talks to his daughter about her mom. Finally, Alice is seen exploring the Grand Canyon by herself to witness the sunrise on New Year's Day: a dream she'd always had.


This comic, written by Meghan Keane and illustrated by LA Johnson, is inspired by Life Kit's recent episode about how to find peace with being single. You can listen to the audio at the top of this page.


How should one be single today? This question, while arguably as old as marriage, has taken on an added significance since the rise of the internet. GPS-led social media apps, and particularly Tinder and its friends, have dramatically increased the dating activity expected of singletons.


So why leave out Tinder and the like? My hunch is that any sense of truly modern dating would complicate a film that tracks along two simple lines: one, singleness is alright if you really go single (shun meaningless sex, deceitful ex-boyfriends, the easy path in general) and two, singleness is for achieving your dreams, and finding yourself outside the bedroom.


On the eve of her graduation from Wesleyan University, Alice Kepley (Dakota Johnson) decides it's as good a time as any to break up with her boyfriend, Josh (Nicholas Braun). She's never been alone before and thinks it's time she figured out who she really is outside of a relationship. And Alice does just that when she moves to New York City to start her new job as a paralegal, where she meets free-spirited co-worker Robin (Rebel Wilson), who tells Alice that being single means having the freedom to sleep with whoever she chooses, whenever she chooses. It's a credo Alice embraces -- but life, as it often does, shows her that figuring things out is far more complicated than she expected. Meanwhile, Alice's older sister, Meg (Leslie Mann), a busy doctor, is convinced that she's meant to be alone forever, until she meets a mother whose baby awakens a yearning for a child in her. And Lucy (Alison Brie), who's tangentially in Alice's orbit, thinks she has the perfect algorithm to finding her soulmate -- or does she?


Marty is a man tired of the single life. Two daughters try to find their lonely mother The Perfect Man. And unexpected responsibilities force a career girl to look at settling down in Raising Helen.


The movie will reportedly explore topics like blind dating and casual sex to suggest that our lives are not defined by our relationships, but rather the single times in between, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then...there's Alice (Dakota Johnson), And Robin (Rebel Wilson), Lucy (Alison Brie), Meg (Leslie Mann), Tom and David. New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, be it a love connection, a hook-up, or something in the middle. And somewhere between the teasing texts and one-night stands, what these unmarrieds all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. Sleeping around in the city that never sleeps was never so much fun.


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Lucy goes to the bar downstairs from her apartment to use the wifi. She meets the bartender, Tom (Anders Holm), who wonders why Lucy would be single. She uses an algorithm to determine that at least one guy in all of NYC has all the qualities she desires, and she's on multiple dating sites to find the right guy.


Alice starts her job as a paralegal at the firm where Robin works. After work, Robin invites Alice to hang out with her in the city and see what it's like to enjoy single life the right way. The next morning, the ladies wake up hungover in Meg's apartment, along with someone Robin hooked up with. The two then head to work with only 30 minutes. Robin takes Alice through a crazy fix-up routine that she claims she can do in 20...but they're late by 3 1/2 hours.


Alice takes Robin's advice and starts to put herself back out there. She starts trying new things like bike-riding through the city and taking a cooking class. She attends a Wesleyan alumni networking event and meets a single dad named David (Damon Wayans, Jr.).


In the epilogue, we see what happens to the main characters. Robin is still happily single. Meg and Ken are raising the child together. Lucy and George get married. Tom fixes the plumbing in his home, indicating he is ready to commit in some way. David opens up to his daughter about losing her mother, and they watch a video of Phoebe when she was little with her mother, who sings "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" to her, making David tear up. Alice decides to finally enjoy single life and goes hiking through the Grand Canyon.


We mostly follow Alice as she drinks too much, sleeps with Tom, then David (Damon Wayans Jr.), a successful real-estate developer and widower, who has a cute little girl (Zani Jones Mbayise) he's raising by himself. Meanwhile, Alice's workaholic, single doctor sister, Meg (Leslie Mann), decides she's going to have a child via an anonymous donor, only to then meet one of Alice's sweet co-workers, Ken (Jake Lacy), who falls for her like a cinder block off a truck bed.


Truly, it's kind of exhausting to even encapsulate this enclave. Suffice it to say that everyone has his/her own take on singlehood and relationships: Tom, who lists numbers on his phone such as "Beth" and "Beth's Mother" for his eventual use; Robin has no idea whom or what she has slept with on any given night; Ken wants nothing more than to be a surrogate baby-daddy and asks almost nothing in return; and Lucy uses peanuts to represent the shriveling dating pool available to her. By the end, not a single word of emotional truth has passed any of their lips.


So, you're single. Maybe you always have been; maybe being single is new for you. Either way, the good news is you're not alone! There are countless people trying to navigate being single and all the feelings and experiences that go along with it. Yet, no matter how many single people there are in the world, society still has this idea that you need someone else in your life to be truly happy.


New York City is full of lonely hearts seeking the right match, and what Alice, Robin, Lucy, Meg, Tom and David all have in common is the need to learn how to be single in a world filled with ever-evolving definitions of love. 041b061a72


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