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How to Be Single (2016)

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A group of young adults navigate love and relationships in New York City.


Christian Ditter


Abby Kohn (screenplay by), Marc Silverstein (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dakota Johnson ... Alice
Rebel Wilson ... Robin
Leslie Mann ... Meg
Damon Wayans Jr. ... David
Anders Holm ... Tom
Alison Brie ... Lucy
Nicholas Braun ... Josh
Jake Lacy ... Ken
Jason Mantzoukas ... George
Colin Jost ... Paul
Mickey Gooch Jr. ... Robin's Date
Sarah Ramos ... Michelle
Vanessa Rubio ... David's Wife
Zani Jones Mbayise ... Phoebe
Brent Morin ... Lucy's Date


There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then...there's Alice. And Robin. Lucy. Meg. Tom. 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then... See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and strong language throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Sign on a cup that Tom has on his sink says 'World's worst date'. See more »


On a flat screen TV, it is painfully obvious that all the lead actresses - in one same scene - share the same exact shade of (unflattering) matte red lipstick. Not only does it reveal that they all went through the same make up table - in a distracting fashion - the lipstick appears smeared, with normal application towards the center, and the rest smeared (or missing) across the sides of their lips. See more »


Josh: I didn't need an experiment to know that I loved you. And I'm not an idiot.
Josh: You're, I guess, done with whatever you've been doing, with whoever you've been doing, and you can come running back to me? No, thanks. I'll pass.
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Written by Dan Auerbach, Homer Steinweiss, Leon Michels and Nick Movshon (as Nicholas Movshon)
Performed by The Arcs
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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How Not to Be Single
6 March 2016 | by troyputlandSee all my reviews

How to Be Single should be named How Not to Be Single. Not that it's material is bad, because it's very good indeed. However, it may give off the wrong impression to its younger audience. Dakota Johnson makes some very rash decisions, not knowing who she wants to be with, and where she wants to be. Her newest, closest chum Rebel Wilson hits life hard. Her opinion of a good night is ending up in a strangers house, having many sexual encounters and not remembering much of them. Leslie Mann is the older sister to Johnson, an independent woman with a younger love- interest rattling her cage. And then there's the weird Alison Brie, the egotistic Anders Holm, and the family man Marlon Wayans Jr. These are characters picked out fresh from the stereotype's pool. Gags are thrown in, coming mainly from the outrageous Wilson (no surprises there). Apart from its misleading title, manages to make us chuckle, if not smile. Most women (and men) out there will fall for the adorable baby that Mann has to briefly look after in a very early, very memorable scene. It will be hard to contain yourselves.

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Release Date:

12 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,878,911, 14 February 2016

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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