I'm assuming that every Valentine's Day for the foreseeable future is going to feature Dakota Johnson in a subpar film since How to Be Single feels more like the beginning of a trend than a course correction. If your significant other has horrific taste in movies, you're likely going to get dragged to see this, so here are five movies featuring cast members from How to Be Single you can propose watching instead.
The Social Network
Believe it or not, Dakota Johnson has been in a good movie. One of the best movies of the decade, in fact. Dakota played the Stanford student in the scene where we're introduced to Justin Timberlake's sleazy Sean Parker. Yeah, that was her. Go back and watch it again, not just for that scene, but because it's a fucking masterpiece. Sure, you could even watch the movie "just to see Dakota Johnson," and you'd likely get more edification out of her one scene in Fincher's film than in all ninety interminable minutes of How to Be Single. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
The 40 Year Old Virgin
Back before he became obsessed with getting her an Oscar nomination, Judd Apatow very slyly wrote one of the best characters in his film debut especially for his wife Leslie Mann. As the "let's get some fucking french toast" lady who offers to pity fuck Steve Carell's titular novice, Mann more or less stole the whole movie. There's more laughs in her five minutes of screen time in this movie than the entirety of her role in How to Be Single. Available on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
The Five Year Engagement
Alison Brie joins Leslie Mann in the "what's a talented and funny lady like you doing in a movie like this" club this weekend, but if your lady friend is really hard up for a romantic comedy, suggest this one. It's one of the better rom coms of the last few year. It's got Chris Pratt and Jason Segel when they were still pudgy, and both Brie and Emily Blunt are talented comedic actresses who share great chemistry with their respective shlubby boyfriends in the film. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
The Other Guys
Need to scratch that Damon Wayans, Jr. itch? Why not watch him when he's paired with the hilarious Rob Riggle in Adam McKay's brilliant cop comedy. He's at the center of my favorite bit in the whole movie, when Will Ferrell does his first desk pop, and his scenes with Riggle are among the funnier diversions in the movie. Also, The Other Guys is pretty fucking funny even without DW Jr., so there's that too. Available on Amazon and iTunes.
Chris Rock's soul searching exercise Top Five may be hit and miss, but it hits far more often than it misses. One of the biggest hits in the film involves How to Be Single and Workaholics star Anders Holm as Rosario Dawson's kinky boyfriend. To say any more about his hilariously funny subplot would be to give away one of the film's best jokes, but this is another one you can sell to your s/o as a romantic comedy. Available on Amazon Prime and iTunes