“How to Be Single” (Warner Bros.)

Rebel Wilson and Dakota Johnston star in a scene from the movie "How to Be Single." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/Warner Bros.)

By Catholic News Service

A discordant moral snag mars this otherwise appealing, if slightly raunchy, romantic comedy about characters (Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann and Alison Brie, among others) testing their capacity to settle into monogamous relationships and genuine adulthood.

The overall positive trajectory of director Christian Ditter’s adaptation of Liz Tuccillo’s 2007 novel is impeded by a subplot involving single motherhood and artificial insemination.

A sympathetic portrayal of morally unacceptable actions, fleeting rear male nudity, frequent crude sexual humor, a few scenes of implied sexual activity, some rough language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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