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Review: How To Be Single - Searching for love and sex in the city

Published 19/02/2016

Single life: Dakota Johnson as Alice and Rebel Wilson as Robin
Single life: Dakota Johnson as Alice and Rebel Wilson as Robin

Looking for love, companionship or a welcoming port in a carnal storm couldn't be simpler in a 24-hour digital age of competing apps and online dating services.

You no longer have to practise chat-up lines or reject potential suitors face to face. A casual swipe of a touchscreen relegates unsuitable matches to the scrapheap while an array of winks, woofs, whistles and growls alerts the lucky few to your piqued interest.

Based on the book of the same name by Liz Tucillo, Christian Ditter's raucous comedy drama follows a group of hapless and hopeless romantics in New York as they stumble between one-night stands, missed opportunities and chance liaisons.

It's a glossy and sporadically hilarious portrait of sleeping around in the city that never sleeps, populated by attractive and wealthy people who spend the best part of two hours vacillating about affairs of the heart when common sense dictates they would be inundated with offers. Perky heroine Alice (Dakota Johnson) meets her boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun) at college, but worries that the relationship has curtailed her journey of self-discovery and demands a single life.

After landing a plum job as a paralegal at a top firm, she is befriended by spirited fellow employee Robin (Rebel Wilson) and the pair join forces in pursuit of handsome partners.

How To Be Single is peppered with the usual array of heartbreaks and gushing declarations, underscored by a toe-tapping soundtrack of Taylor Swift and Guns N' Roses.

Three stars

Belfast Telegraph

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