At the behest of my good friends Diana and Anita (Danita for short), I watched the 2016 rom-com How to be Single. It’s definitely one of those good bad movies in the truest sense. A big ensemble cast with story lines zigzagging all over the place, I think it’s best to break it down by character arc, take the average, and call it a day.
Grade F: Unwatchable. Along with Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, and me on Saturday nights, her “shtick” is getting really old.
DAMON WAYANS JR.
Grade D: If only because he probably has three total minutes of screen time despite being billed 4th.
Grade C: She’s one of the five hottest actresses on the planet and yet is always the one chasing the guy (see Community and Sleeping with Other People). What’s up with that? Would have been a D but again, she’s Alison “Have Mercy” Brie.
Grade C: There’s some potential here for his post-Workaholics career that I didn’t see coming. Very reminiscent of Kelly Oubre this season.
Grade B-: Whatever, she’s fine (I’m running out of steam).
Grade B+: What is she doing in this movie? She’s way too good for this shitshow.
Overall, How to be Single meets the bare minimum if you’re desperate for something to watch. Much better iterations of “contemporary dating in the big city” can be found on TV shows like Insecure and Master of None. Grade: C