How to Be Single is a nice change from your run-of-the-mill romantic comedies. It's a charming in its R-rated fun, and most importantly - it's relatable.
And offers plenty of laughs.
It's one of those ensemble-style romantic comedies - like Love, Actually and Valentine's Day - and its narrative centre is Alice (Dakota Johnson), who decides upon her graduation that she needs a break from her longtime boyfriend (Nicholas Braun) to find out who she "really" is in New York City.
That search for herself proceeds as you expect: she drives into New York City accompanied by Taylor Swift's Welcome to New York (only the first of the film's far too literal soundtrack choices) and gets a job as a paralegal.
Office is where she meets hard-partying Robin (Rebel Wilson - playing the same character from the Pitch Perfect series), who introduces her to ladies' man and neighbourhood barkeep Tom (Anders Holm from Workaholics). He's committed only to staying uncommitted.
Cue lots of drinking scenes, partying and random sex. All interspersed with the desperate need to find the self.
Tom's bar is frequented by Lucy (Community's Alison Brie), who uses the bar's wifi to hunt for the "perfect" guy on dating sites.
And then there's Alice's gynaecologist sister Meg (Leslie Mann), who decides that she wants a child of her own right before she meets a great guy (Jake Lacy) and has to figure out how to tell him she's going to be a mom.
Directed by Christian Ditter (Love, Rosie), it's the right step for romantic comedies. The world of dating has changed dramatically thanks to social media, dating apps and more, and most rom coms haven't exactly reflected that.
More importantly, it focuses on teaching you how to be yourself, being comfortable with yourself, and figuring out where you belong in this mad, crazy world. And it isn't just gunning for the storybook happy ending.
There are some gorgeous shots of New York, a skyline we've been so used to seeing thanks to years of Friends, How I Met Your Mother and the billion times we've seen it get destroyed in pretty much every superhero film. But it's a setting more than a character, and the movie succeeds in capturing the tempo and energy of a city always on the move.
And even though the comedy and the editing are uneven, the multiple plotlines keep you entertained and laughing through most of it. Dakota Johnson was perfect playing the naive girl who's willing to learn a few tricks in 50 Shades of Grey and she gives a similar performance but with more comedy.
It's sad that rebel Wilson remained under utilised by the film. Because every time she popped up on screen, the movie delivered some of its best moments.
Brie and Holm also get less screen time and are more cartoonish for it, but both demonstrate that they can handle wacky antics and moments of meaningful drama equally well.
It relies heavily on rom-com tropes, but it's a perfect Valentine's Day weekend viewing choice - whether you're in a committed relationship or simply enjoying the single life.
(It's interesting to review the movie alongside Deadpool, another film opening this week that breaks down genre conventions, albeit in a much louder way.)