Might I suggest an alternate title for "How to Be Single"? "Typecasting: The Movie!" Dakota Johnson of "Fifty Shades of Grey" fame stars as a mousy young woman discovering a broadened sexuality while clinging to old-timey gender roles.

Might I suggest an alternate title for "How to Be Single"? "Typecasting: The Movie!"

Dakota Johnson of "Fifty Shades of Grey" fame stars as a mousy young woman discovering a broadened sexuality while clinging to old-timey gender roles. Rebel Wilson of "Pitch Perfect" fame co-stars as a supporting wild girl who will say and do anything.

Leslie Mann of "Knocked Up" fame plays a middle-aged obstetrician who finds that, against her better judgment, she actually wants a baby. Alison Brie of "Community" fame plays an uptight woman looking for traditional love in the Tinder world. Jake Lacy of "Obvious Child" fame plays an earnest, handsome and impossibly nice guy.

Do I need to go on? Because I could.

"How To Be Single" is a painfully shameless grab at the Valentine's Day weekend audience, but in a slightly different direction (even though its cowriter penned the movie "Valentine's Day"). It wants to catch a progressive, modern crowd, but it panders to every rom-com trope in the book.

And that's really a shame, because there's a talented cast here - one that was hopefully well-paid for appearing in this dreck.

Johnson was, to be fair, the lone saving grace of "Fifty Shades." Mann is an underrated comedic gem. Wilson needs to switch things up a bit, but she's still damn funny (even when saddled with this material).

There are sporadic (and ultimately forgettable) laughs to be had here, but "Single" feels like such a Hollywood construction, I felt dirty after watching it.