How To Be Single(2016)
- RatedNC16 /GenreComedy, Romance
Whenever February arrives, the rom-coms come marching in.
So to have a movie called ‘How To be Single’ during the Valentine’s Day season is quite an anomaly – you want to bring someone to watch a flick in hopes to bring the person closer, and not the reverse.
Writer-director Christian Ditter’s adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s novel of the same name follows the romantic escapades of four women in New York, one of whom is Lucy played by Alison Brie.
The 33-year-old actress is best known for playing loyal wife Trudy Campbell in the award-winning, 1960s-set drama ‘Mad Men’.
Watching Trudy put up with the antics of her loathsome advertising executive husband, Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) would make anyone happy to be single.
Since the end of the critically acclaimed series, Brie has been busy working on other projects including comedy series ‘Community’; indie features ‘Save the Date’ and ‘The Kings of Summer’, and the studio releases ‘Scream 4’, ‘The Lego Movie’, ‘Sleeping With Other People’ and ‘Get Hard’.
“I like sort of mixing of genres. I like when things are a little more ambiguous. I’ve not been looking toward as many straightforward comedies as you might expect,” Brie said.
The actress is also fast becoming one of the most sought after actresses in the world. She recently caught the eye of 'Downton Abbey''s Julian Fellowes, who cast her in his upcoming British TV mini-series ‘Doctor Thorne’.
In her latest movie ‘How To Be Single’ (which also stars Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson) Brie’s Lucy is a hopeless romantic who spends her days and nights in a bar trolling online dating sites in hopes landing the right partner to match her carefully selected algorithm. However, Lucy’s luck is mostly bad as she dates a series of men who are looking for love for all the wrong reasons.
“Lucy’s whole story is representing online dating, which is a big part of the way people date today. I think a lot of women do online dating the way Lucy does – being so specific and hard-core about trying to find a husband,” Brie said.
Leslie Mann, Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie and Rebel Wilson at the London premiere of 'How To Be Single' | Photo: Getty
“She has created this algorithm because she’s so invested in finding the one, but I think her specificity is a major fault. She does it like a job, but she has a really hard time because she has such specific criteria and is so close-minded to anyone outside that criteria,” Brie said of her character.
By contrast, the Los Angeles-born Alison Brie who has not tried online dating or dating apps said that she has not been on many bad dates before: “It’s about being open, but also clearly defining boundaries and what you want with people once you meet them.”
She recently got engaged to actor Dave Franco and is happy that she has left singlehood behind.
“I had a really… maybe too great a time. I had a lot of fun, but I think I also had a lot of really dark, lonely moments, so I’m glad to see those moments go,” Brie revealed.
To prepare for her role, Brie turned to her sister who met her husband online for help.
“I remember when she sort of made the decision, thinking, ‘I’m done just dating random guys. I am looking for a husband and something very specific.’ So I think at that point, online would actually be a better place to go because you have the luxury of being a little more specific, even though it can also be a danger,” the actress recalled.
For a comedy that focuses a lot on sex, ‘How To Be Single’ is refreshingly tasteful and Brie credits director Christian Ditter and screenwriters Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein for making a “cool and empowering” movie.
“It is refreshing to have a film that stars four strong women and doesn’t exploit them in that way. To let women own their sexuality, but not exploit them for it, was exciting,” she said.