Review by Greg Haymes
“Is being single really just as bad as being dead?” Rhode Island dental hygienist Harriet Smith writes to newspaper advice columnist Auntie Agatha. The year is 1966, and Emma Woodhouse (Kate Loprest) – the spirited, single, about-to-turn-30 columnist who’s getting tired of writing Agatha’s column after seven years – wants to help modern women embrace their singleness, and Harriet (played with a keen sense of timing by Farah Alvin) is about to become her model “it girl.”
Written and directed by Gordon Greenberg, “Single Girls Guide” is a kind of female-empowered “Mad Men” crossed with “Sex in the City” without the sex. It’s Jane Austen’s “Emma” mashed-up with “That Girl.” It’s Helen Gurley Brown-meets-Ann Landers.