Better Off Single (2016)

Director: Benjamin Cox
Writer: Benjamin Cox

Cast: Aaron Tveit (Charlie), Abby Elliott (Angela), Lauren Miller Rogen (Kathy), Kal Penn (Brice), Shane McRae (Vince), Kelen Coleman (Lorelei), Chris Elliott (Angela’s Dad), Lewis Black (Therapist), Annaleigh Ashford (Anne), Ben Rappaport (Nathan), Elizabeth Alderfer (Evy), Haviland Morris (Angela’s Mom)

Genres: Comedy
Released: October 7, 2016
Running time: 95 minutes
MPAA: Unrated

When Charlie Carroll quits his job and his girlfriend on the same day, it seems as though he’s finally found freedom. But after a quick dip in the dark waters of the NYC dating pool, Charlie begins to wonder if he’s made a mistake. He’s not equipped for single life. In fact, Charlie might not be equipped for life in general. With no job and no love, Charlie is forced to go on a journey of self-discovery so intense that he begins to suffer from surreal hallucinations, flashbacks, and fantasies. Will he find “the one”? Or did that ship already sail, taking with it his only hopes for relationship sanity?



• The original film title was Stereotypically You. It was changed to a title starting with a B because search engines were more likely to list it first, it being alphabetically first.

• Director Benajmin Cox stated that it took 18 days to film the movie. When it came to editing it together, he worked in his closet-turned-studio. It took him six weeks to edit the film, working for eight hours nightly.

• Most of the lines in the film weren’t ad libbed… except for the cursing.

• Director and writer Benjamin Cox was nominated for a Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival for this film.


Kathy: Okay, Charlie, you know what? I’m your friend, we love you, we all love you, but you know what your problem is? You.
Charlie: Excuse me?
Kathy: Excuse you.

Charlie: And here’s a new thought for you: I am not the problem.
Kathy: You know, I don’t even know why I try. Way to be introspective.
Charlie: Way to be open-minded.

Kathy: Any guy with an American Express card and a pulse can get a date, but there’s like half a million more single women than men. It’s just that when you”e out on these dates? It takes two to tango, that’s all I’m saying.

Charlie: You know that Brice is an asshole, right?
Kathy: [scoffs] Yeah, but he’s our asshole.

Charlie: Long walks on the beach.
Angela: Date!
Charlie: Yeah?
Angela: Definitely. Yeah, she had me at emasculation.
Charlie: Oh, you’re a natural at this. Gretchen.
Angela: Ooh, Gretch…
Charlie: She’s thirty. She enjoys lying about her age; being sensitive, smart, and funny; and only posting one picture that was taken 12-15 years ago.
Angela: Yeah. Without question, she will look that good in person. Without question. Take her out tonight.
Charlie: Tonight?
Angela: Don’t even wait a minute!
Charlie: Actually, I already have plans tonight, and she’s out on work release, so… it’d be pretty hard to reschedule.
Angela: It’s too bad. She is really a keeper.



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