Directed by Mark Mylod. Starring Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor.
Anna Faris, the star of the Scary Movie franchise (the Scream parodies) and talented comic with a face you’ll either love or hate, plays an unlikely romantic lead in this bright, young rom-com that addresses the age old question: will a man want a woman who has slept with more than 20 other men? While not crisply told, with limited chemistry between its stars, What’s Your Number? is a film audiences will probably want to take a shining to.
Ally Darling (Faris) reads in a Marie Claire magazine that the average number of men women in America have slept with in their lifetime is 10.5. She realises that at 30 she has far exceeded that number. So the next guy had better be the man she marries. Or wait, perhaps she could track down her ex’s who must have matured by now and then the ‘number’ wouldn’t tip over. So she hires her inquisitive, hunky neighbour Colin (Evans) who sometimes hides out at her apartment to avoid morning-after conversations with the many ladies he brings to bed with him, to track her ex’s down with hilarious consequences.
Ally’s character is so much like Faris, which is a good thing. She’s clumsy, awkward, a bit ditsy at times but she’s sure of not getting into something with a wandering penis like Colin. But they still share a friendship that through the movie builds up to… well you know to what. The funny bits are when she meets her ex’s and how she bungles those reunions with fake British accents. Her ex’s aren’t exactly prime cuts either. And flashbacks of her past associations with them are equally rib tickling.
New Avenger Captain America, Chris Evans, gets a chance to show off his ripped body a lot in this film but apart from that and his gradual unexplained crossover to the Mr Nice Guy side, he’s not very well sketched out. In fact, Ally’s sister Daisy (Graynor) gets in more screen presence and it’s interesting that at the end when Daisy marries her man Eddie (the very cute, Oliver Jackson-Cohen) that one scene with their vows is more romantic than this whole film. Because there’s no chemistry between Faris and Evans. But still, Faris (executive producer) manages to fill the film with interesting moments. Like the parody lines: when she’s racing to another wedding to find Colin and is refused entry at the gate, she climbs over a high fence in her bridesmaids gown and while doing that she says, ‘Wouldn’t it be easier to just wait it out at his apartment?’ A clear barb at all those rom-coms where one or the other lover races against time and obstacle to stage that one over-dramatic, money-shot moment. It’s fun.
Critics don’t like this film too much but as an audience you won’t hate it. You may even have a good time.