Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Though she’s better known as an actress, Drew Barrymore made her directorial debut with 2009’s Whip It, starring Ellen Page as a teenager who joins a roller derby team. While I wouldn’t say it demonstrated a distinctive directorial style, Whip It was a solid first effort. I found the film to be genuine, funny and sweet, with strong performances by Page and co-stars Kristen Wiig, Marcia Gay Harden and Alia Shakwat.
Now, Barrymore’s looking to step up to the director’s chair a second time with How to Be Single, a romantic comedy detailing the entanglements of a group of New Yorkers over the course of a decade. Read more after the jump.
How to Be Single is based on the 2008 novel of the same title by Liz Tuccillo, who also co-wrote the self-improvement book He’s Just Not That Into You with Greg Behrendt. As you probably recall, He’s Just Not That Into You was turned into an ensemble romcom starring Barrymore and produced by Barrymore and partner Nancy Juvonen’s company Flower Films. How to Be Single will also be adapted by He’s Just Not That Into You writers Marc Silverstein and Abby Cohn, and The Hollywood Reporter describes How to Be Single as a multi-plotline film “in the mold of” He’s Just Not That Into You and Valentine’s Day. Basically, the only difference I can detect between How to Be Single and He’s Just Not That Into You at this point is that the former takes place over ten years, while the latter took place over… well, I don’t remember exactly, but I think it was several months.
Given that I found He’s Just Not That Into You to be one of the more annoying romantic comedies in recent memory, I’m not all that excited by the prospect of How to Be Single. On the other hand, Whip It showed that Barrymore could tell a good story, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.
As an actress, Barrymore will next be seen opposite The Office‘s John Krasinski in the environmental romance Whales — directed, of course, by He’s Just Not That Into You helmer Ken Kwapis.