Friday, March 9, 2012

What's Your Number: Movie Review

 

A romantic comedy that goes to idiotic extremes.

At the beginning of “What’s Your Number”, Ally (Anna Faris) is fired, so she immediately starts fretting about the number of guys she has slept with. Apparently, those two actions go hand-in-hand. Never mind finding a new job, she needs to get married. In the first 10 minutes, she goes from losing her job, to thinking she’s a slut, to a celibacy vow to get her a husband.2011

Directed by: Mark Mylod

Screenplay by: Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden

Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans

You see, she had read this article in Marie Claire that says if a woman has slept with more than 20 men, she will never get married. This is obviously an exact mathematical decree. Since she has now been with 20 guys, Ally must find all of her exes and marry one of them.

There have been a lot of romantic comedy heroines that have annoyed me with their one-track minds and shoddy decision-making. But Ally just may be the stupidest one yet. She has no clue how to perform internet searches, and she doesn’t even know the names of half of her former boyfriends (not one-night stands but actual relationships). So to help track them down she hires (as in pays) her womanizing neighbour to find them for her. As cute, charming and funny as Ally may be, this is just way too idiotic.

Chris Evans stars as Colin in the slightly more amusing role as I was at least able to laugh at a few of his lines. Even most of her exes were amusing in their own way. Luckily none of them lasted more than a scene. Just for once, I would like a romantic comedy where I don’t know who she’s going to end up with in the end.

If this wasn’t bad enough, “What’s Your Number” takes place as Ally’s sister is getting married. I would also like a romantic comedy where our lead girl doesn’t have a sister, or at least one that isn’t getting married.


Recommended:

Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) - Twisting your standard romantic comedy into something that is hilarious and refreshing.

Weather Girl (2009) - Absolutely hilarious from beginning to end with just a hint of self-awareness.