Movies Like "How To Be Single" That Are Perfect Post-Breakup Entertainment

 
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By now, you’ve likely seen “How To Be Single” and dug so many aspects of the movie that you’re left wanting more. It's fair to say you share the same sentiments as many other people. We're arguably in a time when people have embraced more self-exploration and independence than ever before which is why movies like "How To Be Single" are so palatable. It's not the typical rom-com.

"How To Be Single" doesn't follow the usual character arc where the first half of the movie is the protagonist's journey as a newly single woman. She doesn't meet her mister right at the wrong time and figure out the error of her ways midway through the film. Her Happily Ever After doesn't involve meeting the ying to her yang. No, "How To Be Single" is a genuine celebration of singledom and it’s a welcome and appreciated depiction of an alternate lifestyle.

Who knows maybe one year post-credits Alice is married to a new beau. But, what we're shown is an option where a woman learns to love being single. There are a variety of ways to live a life that fills you up and "How To Be Single" is a hilarious reminder of just that.

Here's the thing, beyond the societal overtures, "How To Be Single" is also a really funny movie. It's sexy. It's fun and it's full of dialogue that's pleasantly entertaining. So, our list of movies like "How To Be Single" share one or more of its awesome qualities. Without further ado, these are movies you should watch after you've seen "How To Be Single."


 
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1. “Bridesmaids”

"Bridesmaids" stars Kristen Wiig as Annie Walker, a woman who's seemingly tried and failed at life. And, by that, I mean she's had a run at owning her own business that she ultimately had to shutter along with a long-term relationship. We're introduced to Annie well after her life changed course and when her remaining identity revolves around being a full-time best friend to Lillian, played by Maya Rudolph.

Lillian reveals her engagement to Annie which thrusts Annie and the viewer into a full-blown knock out drag-out -fight for Annie to maintain her title as Lillian's best friend and Maid of Honor.

"Bridesmaids" easily makes our list of movies like "How To Be Single" and not just because it includes Rebel Wilson in the supporting cast. Like "How To Be Single," "Bridesmaids" is a hilarious story of self-discovery and a new-found identity.

You can buy or rent “Bridesmaids” on iTunes, Amazon Prime or Vudu.


 
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2. “Ibiza:Love Drunk”

"Ibiza: Love Drunk" is Netflix's entertaining take on a mature woman celebrating independence, sort of. Don't worry, I'll keep it vague to avoid spoilers. But, "Ibiza: Love Drunk" stars Gillian Jacobs as Harper, a PR rep, sent to Barcelona to acquire a new client for the firm.

Somewhere along the way, life gets in the way of her best-laid plans and Haper meets and beyond cool DJ names Leo West. If you love "How To Be Single," you should totally watch "Ibiza: Love Drunk." By the end of the film, you'll know exactly why we added it to our list.

You can stream “Ibiza: Love Drunk” on Netflix.


 
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3. “Trainwreck”

"Trainwreck" stars Amy Schumer as Amy Townsend, a young binge-drinking commitment-phobic writer. The description sounds horrible, but it's right on the ball. She's a freaking trainwreck. Bill Hader joins the cast as Amy's love interest, Dr. Aaron Conners. And, Lebron James plays Lebron James as a super stingy multi-millionaire NBA basketball player.

"Trainwreck" is another no-brainer for joining our list of movies like "How To Be Single." For starters, if Judd Apatow's raunchy-awkward comedy films are your jam, then "Trainwreck" will likely make you laugh until you cry. Amy Schumer's performance as a free-spirited young professional woman feels so authentic and relatable. And, Bill Hader, playing Amy Schumers presumed love interest is too perfect for words. If you loved "How To Be Single" then it's a guarantee that you'll enjoy "Trainwreck" for its hilarious script and star-studded cast.

You can buy or rent “Trainwreck” on iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.


 
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4. “The Other Woman”

"The Other Woman" is a 2014 ensemble-cast revenge comedy starring blonde bombshells Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton. The film also marked Nicki Minaj's Hollywood debut.

Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), an attorney, finds out that her beau Mark King (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is not only married but has another girlfriend. And, being a "girl's girl" she decides to tell the other women which sparks a whole host of revelations and shenanigans.

"The Other Woman" makes our list of movies like "How To Be Single" because of how it depicts female friendship through heartbreak and questions relationship dealbreakers.

You can buy or rent “The Other Woman” on iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.


 
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5. “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

"The Spy Who Dumped Me" is a hilarious action-comedy starring Mila Kunis and SNL's Kate Mckinnon. The duo plays Best Friends Forever that are thrust into a world of secrets and danger after Audrey's (Mila Kunis) boyfriend Drew (Justin Theroux) dumps her via text message. Audrey attempt to move on with her life with best friend Morgan Freeman (Kate Mckinnon) in tow, until her ex-boyfriend randomly reappears with a bizarre sob story about being a spy.

"The Spy Who Dumped Me" is an excellent film to add to your line up after "How To Be Single." Not only is it funny as hell, but the bond between Audrey and Morgan is so real it'll make you hug your best friend. The chemistry between Mila Kunis and Kate Mckinnon lays a wonderful foundation for an exploration of what it means to find your independence post-breakup.

You can stream, buy or rent “The Spy Who Dumped Me” on Hulu, iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.


 
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6. “Girls Trip”

"Girls Trip" is an A-list ensemble comedy starring Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish. Like "How To Be Single," "Girls Trip" explores a woman's independence and self-exploration.

Unlike "How To Be Single," "Girls Trip" is told from a more mature perspective than Alice's just graduated and "ready to try something new" stage. All of the women are firmly in their careers and navigating marriage, career, and even motherhood.

Ryan Pierce, played by Regina Hall, is a best-selling author and dubbed the next Oprah due to doling out her coveted lifestyle advice. But, quietly, Ryan's life, and marriage, are not what they appear to be. Sasha Franklin, played by Queen Latifah, is a gossip blogger, running out of juicy material. Jada Pinkett plays Lisa Franklin, the maternal friend who's a nurse by trade and sexually frustrated. Lastly, Tiffany Haddish plays the "transient friend" who lacks any direction.

Ryan invites her friends, Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett) and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) to the annual Essence festival for some much-needed bonding time. Almost as soon as they land in New Orleans the ladies find themselves in one wild encounter after another that tests the limits of their friendship and them as individuals.

You can buy or rent “Girl’s Trip” on iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.


 
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7. “Legally Blonde”

"Legally Blonde" is by every definition a classic movie and the "OG" revenge comedy film on this list. It arguably laid much of the framework for the movies that came after it. "Legally Blonde" stars Reese Witherspoon as Elle, the perfect and doting waspy girlfriend of Warner Huntington III ( Matthew Davis).

While Warner appears to have a lot of potential ahead of him as an aspiring Harvard attorney, Elle is fully prepared to support his dreams. The pair would make the ultimate power-couple, at least that's how Elle always pictured it. However, one fateful evening, all of Elle's dreams for their relationship's trajectory comes to a halt when Warner unexpectedly dumps her over a romantic dinner. But, as Beyonce said - several years after "Legally Blonde" - "always stay gracious, best revenge is yo paper."

After a period of mourning her ill-fated relationship with Warner, Elle lept into carving out her own journey as a single woman focused on her career as a Harvard law student.

You can buy or rent “Legally Blonde” on iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.


 
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8. “The Breakup”

"The Breakup" is a 2006 rom-com starring Jennifer Anniston and Vince Vaughn. The pair play Brooke Meyers and Gary Grobowski, a couple in a long-term stale relationship headed for trouble. Brooke feels unappreciated and dissatisfied with their situation while Gary feels blissfully-complacent.

The entire movie is a "will they" "won't they" saga that anyone who's ever been in a slowly dying relationship can relate to. Both perspectives feel very real. And, both Vaughn and Anniston masterfully deliver convincing performances of a couple at odds but with deep-enduring love for one another.

You can stream, buy, or rent “The Breakup” on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.


 
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9. “Rough Night”

You ever have one of those girl's night outs that starts off as a super-chill reunion in Miami until a male stripper turns up dead? Well, then you'll totally relate to the twisty turny wild-ride of "Rough Night."

Not only is "Rough Night" action-packed, but it's star-studded. The ensemble cast for this dark comedy includes Scarlett Johannson, Zoe Kravitz, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and Llana Glazer.

Alice, played by Jillian Bell decides it's time for a nice reunion among old friends. The group parties, gets high, and somewhere in between Alice manages to kill their stripper. What happens afterward not only causes the group to band together but to also question their relationship statuses and career prospects.

You can buy or rent “Rough Night” on iTunes, Amazon Prime, or Vudu.


 
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10. “Someone Great”

If you've ever been in a perfect relationship that just "ran out of steam" then "Someone Great" will really hit home for you.

"Someone Great" is a Netflix Original romantic-comedy starring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, and DeWanda Wise. Gina Rodriguez plays Jenny, a music journalist and native New Yorker fresh out of a long-term relationship.

"Someone Great" is a Netflix Original romantic-comedy starring Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, and DeWanda Wise. Gina Rodriguez plays Jenny, a music journalist and native New Yorker fresh out of a long-term relationship.

"Someone Great" centers around Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) as she self-soothes herself post-breakup, by any means necessary. And, by any means necessary, I mean binge-watching movies, lots of crying, recreational weed adventures, and festival aspirations.

While Jenny is seemingly taking charge of moving on, her friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) aren't leaving her to pick up the pieces alone. Instead, Erin and Blair step up as BFFs and support Jenny as she remembers that not only does she deserve someone great, but she is someone great.

You can stream “Someone Great” on Netflix.