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How To Be Single: What You Need To Know
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How To Be Single: What You Need To Know

Liz Tuccillo made a name for herself as a writer for the long-running HBO comedy series Sex and the City before co-authoring the best-selling He's Just Not That Into You with Greg Behrendt and publishing her debut novel, How To Be Single, in 2008.

Revolving around the lives of a handful of singles and their dating travails, the book has been adapted for the screen by Opposite Sex showrunners Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, with help from New Girl producer Dana Fox.

The new comedy arrives in stores on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday, here's everything you need to know...

Who's in it?

Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann and Alison Bree hold the main roles, while their list of romantic conquests includes Damon Wayans, Jason Mantzoukas, Nicholas Braun, Anders Holm and Jake Lacy.

Who's directing?

Love, Rosie director Christian Ditter is the man behind the lens here.

What's the plot?

Most of the plot centres around the lives of four women and their struggles in relationships. It gets complicated, but it goes something like this...

Alice (Johnson) is moving to New York after finishing college to work as a paralegal in a lawyers' office and wants to take a break from her relationship with her college boyfriend Josh (Braun). She moves in with her older sister Meg (Mann), a gynaecologist with an aversion to long-term relationships, especially those involving the possibility of having kids.

She befriends her work colleague Robin (Wilson), a perennial singleton and party animal who encourages her to enjoy the single life while she's young, but she becomes reluctant when she realises that Josh has started dating someone else.

Meanwhile, Meg finds herself becoming unexpectedly broody for children and although she's still put off by the idea of having kids in a longterm relationship she makes the snap decision to try and get pregnant through IVF treatment, but then begins dating a younger man called Ken (Lacy). Things are going well until Meg learns that her treatment was successful an spends the next couple of months avoiding Ken to try and hide the pregnancy from him.

While all this is happening, another of their friends Lucy (Brie) is having her own troubles finding the right man, hanging out in a bar run by a guy named Tom (Holm), the archetypal barfly / pick-up artist who believes he has mastered the single life, but he finds himself falling for Lucy, despite also sleeping with Alice. Lucy begins dating a new man that she think might be 'The One', but after just three weeks she discovers that he's being seeing other women.

The one constant seems to be Robin, who all the girls fall back on when the chips are down, but even she's getting tired of the single life and tensions begin to rise between the girl. Will they resolve their ssues or revert to type? You'll have to watch the film to find out.

Does it deliver?

As you can probably tell from the above, this is basically a long, interweaving narrative revolving around the romantic lives of the four ladies that will feel very familiar to fans of Sex and the City. If you're a fan of that show, you'll find plenty to like about this film too, but don't worry if you're not; the presence of Rebel Wilson drags the humour in a very different direction and this will probably appeal to a broader audience. There are plenty of laughs to be had here for men and women, so as long as you're not overtly sensitive to being stereotyped- whether you're male or female – this is lots of fun.


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