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What's Your Number?: Movie Review

Genre: Comedy
Rated: R
Directed by: Mark Mylod

Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Blythe Danner, Ari Graynor, Joel McHale, Ed Begley, Jr.
Released by: 20th Century Fox

In Short: Anna Faris and Chris Evans make a charming couple in this very funny romantic comedy about a woman who's worried that her "number" of bed partners is getting way too high.


Counting the Laughs Along the Way

Let's face it. The words "great movie" don't usually apply to Anna Faris' starring film performances. The beautiful blonde boasts such dreck as "The Hot Chick" and "The House Bunny" on her resumé, so it comes as a refreshing change that she's gotten the lead in "What's Your Number?" For with this one, she's finally starring in a clever, funny movie that plays up her comedic gifts as well as her prodigious physical assets.

"What's Your Number?" posits the question of how many men a woman should sleep with in her lifetime. Ally Darling (Faris) has a history, especially when compared to her sister Daisy, who is about to get married. Even the other bridesmaids are not quite as experienced in the bedroom, which makes Ally determined to find her one true love, before she gets to the number 20.

So she enlists the help of her to-die-for-gorgeous neighbor Colin (Chris Evans), whose number is closer to 300. He's quite the womanizer, but also happens to know how to find missing people. So Ally enlists his help to find all of her old boyfriends, figuring there's bound to be at least one of them that might now be husband material, and so keep her from hitting the dreaded 2-0.

Chris Evans in What's Your Number? Anna Faris in What's Your Number?

Thus begins a very funny series of encounters with her exes, all peppered with moments of getting to know Colin better and better. And thankfully for everyone watching, both Faris and Evans are not shy about stripping down, providing serious eye candy. These are two beautiful people who share a nice, natural chemistry that works well with the cleverly written script.

There are plenty of amusing secondary characters in the film, too, including Blythe Danner as Ally's extremely pushy mother and Joel McHale as Ally's disgusting boss, who first fires her and then beds her. He's number 19, and the catalyst for the rest of the story; a creepier one-night stand would be hard to imagine.

This well-crafted film is based on the novel "20 Times a Lady" by Karyn Bosnak. She's the ex-television producer who famously used the Internet to fund the writing of the book. Looks like she won't have to worry much about finances any more, if this movie is any indicator.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters


(Updated: 07/19/13 RD)

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