Leslie Mann

‘How to Be Single’ Doesn’t Subvert The Rom-Com As Much As It Thinks It Does


The most popular moment in the packed screening of How to Be Single I attended this week involved a character played by Jake Lacy, the baby-faced actor who has basically become a stock “gentle feminist sex object” in rom-coms since his appearance in Obvious Child. Standing in a baby store and enthusiastically rhapsodizing about the possibility of life as a stay-at-home dad for a kid that isn’t even his, he compared playing with an infant all day while his high-powered partner worked and brought in cash to winning the lottery. Basically, he confessed, he wanted to be a wife. Throughout the theater, there were audible cheers and hoots at this line.
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