‘How to Be Single’ is a primer on the good and the bad of rom-coms

“I thought it would be funny” – Rebel Wilson as “Robin”

Based on the debut novel from Liz Tuccillo, How to Be Single is a rom-com that has some very strong moments.  Some very weak moments.  And sadly, the weak outweigh the strong.  That doesn’t mean it was bad, because there are a lot of laughs to be had.  It is just sad that what could have been real cutting edge exposure of some of the negatives of the formulaic elements of the genre failed in that respect.

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‘This is 40’ is funny… but not that funny

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in 'This is 40'
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in ‘This is 40’

[rating=3]Starring:  Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Annie Mumulo, Robert Smigel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, and Albert Brooks
Director(s):  Judd Apatow
Writer(s):  Judd Apatow

This is 40 isn’t the first movie about the trauma of a birthday with a zero in it.  Nor is it the first to look at the concept of a mid-life crisis.  But it’s the first movie I can remember where two of the supporting characters from another movie become the central characters in a “sort of sequel” to that movie five years later.

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