'What's Your Number?'
(Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ed Begley Jr., et al / DVD / R / 2012 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: When Ally Darling (Faris) reads an article that leads her to believe she's going to be alone forever, she begins a wild search to find the best "ex" of her life. But Ally's quest to reconnect with her former lovers goes hilariously awry!
DVD Verdict: In truth, 'What's Your Number?' is an R-rated romantic comedy that stars Anna Faris, most notable for her role in the 'Scary Movies' series and more recently the 'House Bunny' movie. Her counterpart in the movie is Chris Evans from 'Captain America'. The premise centers around Ally Darling (Faris), who, after being fired from her job, stumbles across an article in a Marie Claire magazine that says the average amount of sexual partners you should have in your lifetime is around 10. Ally's number is considerably higher than that. So, she assumes she has already met the person she was supposed to marry and starts on a quest to find out which one of the men she had been with and should have stuck with.
As far as romantic comedies go, it's not a bad premise, but the problem is, 'What's Your Number?' tries way too hard to be funny and poignant and fails at both. I won't deny that some of the humor in the movie made me laugh. For the most part though, the comedic attempts were way over the top and seemed to fall flat like a lump of coal.
For instance, as she waits for one of her men to cross the restaurant, we get a slow motion moment where he greets everybody in the place like he's a rock star or Mr. Popularity and Ally's hair catches on fire from a barbecue pit behind her. There are numerous moments like this. She falls over a fence and says a bad word and of course there are children nearby who begin to chant the dirty word over and over.
One message the movie has that resonated with me was its message about love and how you can tell for yourself what love is. Unfortunately, it was the only thing in the movie that grabbed me. It was too long, clichéd and poorly written from beginning to end.
Many of the scenes in the movie also seemed to be staged just to highlight a different spot in the city of Boston. I'm pretty sure that the city of Boston paid a pretty penny for this movie and because of that had a lot of say in what, where and when scenes would be shot, all the way up to the final shot of the film. Of course the break-in strip basketball scene at Boston's Bank North Garden basketball court was solid proof of that.
'What's Your Number?' is not a very good movie. It's desperate flailing for laughs and moments is evidence enough they knew they had a lot of work to do in order to overcome a lackluster script. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Featues of:
Deleted Scenes & Flashback Dates
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