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Sunday, October 2, 2011

What's Your Number?

Better Off Alone
Director: Mark Mylod
Writers: Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden, Karyn Bosnak (novel "20 Times a Lady")
Cast: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, Chris Pratt

SYNOPSIS: After losing her job and breaking up with her last boyfriend, Ally reads an article that says that a woman that has had twenty or more lovers will probably not find a soulmate. Vowing off sex, Ally uses her neighbor Colin to help her track down her former lovers in an attempt to find one that has gotten better with age.

REVIEW: Experienced small-screen director Mark Mylod goes from HBOs Entourage to the big screen, bringing with him a screenplay from Scrubs scribe Gabrielle Allan and The New Adventures of Old Christine
scribe Jennifer Crittenden from Karyn Bosnak's novel "20 TImes a Lady".

Ally Darling (Anna Faris from The House Bunny) thinks her life is going along fine. But when she loses her job in marketing and breaks up with her vegan bicycle messenger boyfriend, Ally finds herself on the subway looking at a women's magazine article that claims that a woman's average number of lovers is 10.5, and that a woman with 20 or more lovers will probably not find a husband. Making a list of her previous 19 boyfriends, Ally realizes that she is tittering on relationship hopelessness. Enter the cross-the-hall musician neighbor Colin (Chris Evans from Puncture, The Losers) who uses Ally to hide from his one-night stands until they clear out of his apartment the morning after. Finding out that Colin's father was a cop and taught Colin the tricks of the investigative trade, Ally strikes a deal with him   where she will continue to harbor him during his girlfriends' Walk of Shame if he agrees to run down all of her past boyfriends in the hopes of finding one that actually made something of their life.

Anna Faris, an actress with almost 40 films under her belt or on the way, continues in her kooky, physical, pratfally ways with What's Your Number?. Filled with goofy expressions and wide-eyed optimism, Faris' Ally holds hope that one of her former boyfriends will end up being the "right one". The star-spangled Avenger himself, square-jawed, steely blue-eyed Chris Evans charms his pants off, literally, as his character Colin likes to get his morning paper from the hallway with only his smile and, maybe, a towel in hand.

The story is silly, with Anna Faris even sillier. Filled with nudity from Faris, Evans and others, and 
gratuitous obscenities, What's Your Number? could have been just as good as a PG-13 outing without all of the extra "stuff" to give it the R-rating. Where The Hangover and Bridesmaids benefited from its restrictive rating, What's Your Number? seems to try too hard for laughs that sometimes don't hit. Evans and Faris play to their physical strengths, but sometimes even a house bunny or a shield-wielding superhero can't save the day.

WORTH: Rental

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