In 2009, after years f making sub-par romantic comedies, Drew Barrymore surprised a lot of people when she jumped behind the camera and directed Whip It, a solid coming of age story set in the world of roller derby. Sadly her sophomore efforts sounds as though it will be a step back.
Described as being in the vein of He's Just Not That Into You and Valentines Day (uh oh), How To Be Single will be an omnibus comedy that examines the relationships and breakups of a group of New Yorkers over the span of 10 years. According to THR, The film will be based on the novel by Liz Tuccillo and is being adapted by Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, both of whom worked on the two aforementioned films. The article doesn't mention if Barrymore plans to star (though she is also producing).
Haven't we gotten enough mileage out of this dumb sub-genre yet? It was cute when Love, Actually did it, but these films all have the same archetypal characters and storylines; this one just has the dumb catch of spreading it out over 10 years. Whip It proved that Barrymore can be a competent director - it's a shame that she'll be wasting that potential.
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