Surprisingly, Evans out-funnies the likeable Faris with his comic turn as the permanently topless sidekick. The inevitable romance, however, feels less fresh and comes complete with a superfluous game of strip basketball (not enough to explain this layabout’s abs).
Based on the book ‘20 Times a Lady’ by Karyn Bosnak, this has a healthy respect for raunch and a handle on the concerns of some modern women. But it doesn’t make deft comic work of them as ‘Bridesmaids’ did. There are decent one-liners but Ally’s insecurities follow the whims of the plot more than a convincing character outline. And so this becomes a throwaway giggle rather than a life-affirming mirror for that swelling box-office target: the single woman.