Published on October 3rd, 2011 | by Greg0
What’s Your Number? Maybe A 7?
Women comedians have it tough. Witness Anna Faris- undeniably funny, but bound to roles that she could exceed. In her latest movie, she doesn’t quite get the chance to take the joke all the way and show us how talented she could be, but she does break out a bit. And thanks to the excellent secondary cast of cameo characters and the easy charm of Chris Evans, what could have been a rote romantic comedy is better than many of it’s male-focused brethren.
What’s Your Number is based on a sturdy enough gimmick. Ally Darling (yes, really) realizes that she’s been sleeping around too much, and thanks to her younger sister’s happy wedding, decides to reconnect with her various ex-boyfriends in a fairly thin attempt at not going over the “magic number” of 20. The joke is obvious at first, but what other reviewers seemed to miss is the depth to which Faris camouflages herself in her various relationships. Sure, the bit where she takes on a British accent that devolves into ‘Borat’ is funny, but so are the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them parts where she turns punk. It isn’t explored as much as it could’ve been, but it also isn’t shoved down one’s throat.
The film balances raunchy and romantic, and the soundtrack is decent. Boston doesn’t get to serve as more than a pretty backdrop, but the movie does show a realistic apartment. And it makes some unpredictable decisions on the inevitable path to an outcome that anyone who has seen Hollywood cinema would expect. It won’t change your world or your life, but What’s Your Number is a great date flick. Rated R, in theaters widely now.