All in all a little disappointing. We have all been here before and seen the slightly kooky nice but not smart actress try to carry a film and not quite carry it off. Faris is nice and Evans is amusing but sadly it isn't enough. The "scene" is set by the cliches at play with both characters managing a lifestyle way beyond their apparent means and inhabiting that world you only see in certain American movies where no one is ugly and no one is fat. All in all light and fluffy and not disagreeable just not that rewarding. Not the worst but far from the best.
What's Your Number? (15)
Time Out rating:
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Time Out says
Tue Sep 27 2011‘In America, 96 per cent of women who’ve been with 20 or more lovers can’t find a husband.’ So says the survey that prompts Ally (Anna Faris), whose ‘number’ is 20, to scour her list of exes in search of Mr Right. She’s helped by her womanising neighbour, Colin (Chris Evans), a slacker musician who’s picked up stalking tips from his cop father.
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.
Author: Anna Smith