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How to be Single (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace

HTBS Key ArtFrom Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema is the next romance comedy about two sisters, Alice and Meg, who try finding love in all the wrong ways. In life there are moments when we know what we want or don’t want. But when it comes to being single, you’ll never know where life will take you as these sisters find out in ‘How to be Single‘. The film is directed by Christian Ditter with stars Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, and Damon Wayans, Jr.

Stemming from the trailers this movie looked to be a hit or a miss with more of a gut feeling moving towards the latter. Rebel Wilson is very much liked in Hollywood and by the general public especially with her involvement in the ‘Pitch Perfect‘ series. Her wit and zany personality makes for a good time as is seen in the┬ámovie. The main draw going for this movie is in Rebel Wilson and is why audience goers, primarily the females, will go out to see ‘How to be Single‘.


Let’s start with the good things about the movie, as stated before, the idea of how to be single worked for the most part. There are three characters we follow, including Alice, Meg, and Josh (will be left out of the review due to spoilers). Dakota Johnson played the part of Alice and was the main focus as she battles her emotions after breaking up with her boyfriend in order to re-evaluate their relationship. Then by making acquaintances with Robin (Rebel Wilson) at a new job, Alice is introduced to the idea of just putting herself out there, literally. By the end of the movie she realizes that maybe being in a relationship isn’t something that’s good for her at the moment. However, Alice then makes the case that by not allowing oneself to meet new people can keep someone from truly making them happy.

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There seems to be a message ‘How to be Single‘ tries to convey across at a general level and is something I thought was thought provoking. Adding to that message is Alice’s sister, Meg, played by Leslie Mann who for the longest time didn’t see herself becoming a mom as she herself is a doctor who delivers babies. Those feelings soon changed as the movie rolled on thus adding to the overall narrative of taking the chances not knowing what one may be depriving themselves. Both Leslie Mann and Dakota Johnson were good as their chemistry blended really well.

For Rebel Wilson, she was okay as I didn’t have much of an issue with her. The only thing I would say is that Wilson may be getting that typecast treatment of that loud mouth, in your face persona. Where she works in the movie is a head scratcher and to imagine how she would get a job with that profession is hilarious. The issue however stems with the fact that Robin was there just for the laughs and didn’t have much to do. But she was necessary to the influence of Alice and how she gets more then she bargained for.


Though the movie loses focus on occasion, a tendency to overdue the gag moments as one scene shows a college group with penis lollypops, cups, and even straws was just a little much. In the end, the movie was decent and the performances by Mann, Johnson, and Wilson were good. There will definitely be some good laughs along with some that aren’t as funny but your able to go with it.

Rating: 6/10


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Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies (2016) Review

Published by: Anthony Wallace

PHeVyBYeK0Ajif_1_lBased off the book series by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith is the live adaptation of a love story taking place during a zombie apocalypse. As a plague devastates an English village of Meryton, Elizabeth Bennett is determined to rid of the zombie infestation while also falling for Mr. Darcy. With relationships turning on every corner, trust soon turns to desperation as England rages against the ill born disease. The film is directed by Burr Steers and stars Lily James, Sam Riley, and Matt Smith.

Curious going into the movie I was intrigued by the trailers over the last month; especially with Lily James starring as the lead role. James did a great job in last year’s live adaptation of ‘Cinderella‘ and returns here to bring another book to life. If you go into ‘Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies‘ thinking your going to get an action packed movie then you will be sorely mistaken. This unfortunately is what took me by surprise as having not read the book I wasn’t sure what to expect. With that said, the movie is a mess.


Starting with the narrative we’re introduced to a village within England that has come to be populated with zombies. As the opening credits hits we are given a backstory to the events that led up to the plague and how local cities are dealing with the zombie apocalypse. Then we see Lily James who plays Elizabeth Bennett, who with five sisters stands side by side as they clean up the outbreak when it shows up. Not too long later we get a love story developing between Ms. Bennett and Mr. Darcy which then leads to the entire movie focusing on them and not so much zombies.


Some of the positives I’ll give is the fact that the film suits the time period of 17th century London. The performance by Lily James as the heroine ass kicker is also to be commended. Having started on television and then working her way onto the big stage with ‘Wrath of the Titans‘, ‘Broken‘, James is getting on peoples radar as she should be. Her co-star in Sam Riley who plays Mr. Darcy was good and nothing more then that. His ability to play the male version of James’ role worked out well as they each possessed qualities that brought friction as they fought for each other’s love.

Having said the positives we now delve into the negatives of the film. There was very little action or suspense which came as a surprise considering the movie was ultimately a love story. There was more dialogue that took place over action that literally you could have taken the zombie component out altogether. Sometimes your thinking what was the reason for having zombies when it’s the living that’s causing more trouble. And the romance between Lily James and Sam Riley seemed neutral. I wasn’t rooting for either one of them that by the end of the movie your forced to accept the outcome. The buildup could’ve been better with more to be at stake. Then a love triangle looked like it was starting to shape up and that’s when I was over the movie entirely. The movie didn’t know what it wanted to be; thus lacking an identity.


As confusing as the movie was with poor editing and fast cuts that denied you the pleasure of watching the action in full your left dissatisfied. I do not recommend ‘Pride, Prejudice, & Zombies‘ if your looking for an action zombie flick. Instead you will get a romance glossed over by mild violence and a tame script.

Rating: 5/10


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