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Drew Barrymore’s How To Be Single Is Not A Rom-Com: “A Little Bit Ageless And Not Gender Specific”

Drew Barrymore's How To Be Single Is Not A Rom-Com: "A Little Bit Ageless And Not Gender Specific"

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In March, Drew Barrymore announced her sophomore directing project (after underrated Whip It): New Line Cinema’s How To Be Single. Based on Liz Tuccillo’s 2008 novel, the story chronicles ten years of breakups for a group of New Yorkers. Barrymore is producing with her Flower Films partner Nancy Juvonen (Flower Films’s first producing effort was Never Been Kissed in 1999).

Barrymore talks to Entertainment Weekly about the project: “Love is never gonna be a tired subject,” she says. It’s something she has explored in-depth over the past year and half. “I’m at that age where I’m sort of straddling a great line right now, and I can see both sides very well.”

Barrymore hasn’t decided if she will appear in the film yet, but says she hopes it won’t be a romantic comedy in the traditional sense. “People have this weird stigma [with] that word — it’s a turnoff to guys or whatever. But I think we’ve honed in on a style that will be more universal, a little bit ageless and not gender specific.”

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