Sunday, October 2, 2011

Full Review: What's Your Number?

Grade: B

Ally has just gotten out of a bad relationship. On top of that, she has just lost her job in marketing. On her way home she comes across an article stating that women who have more than 20 sexual partners have a hard time finding a husband. She discovers that she is at 19 and is determined to stop sleeping around until she finds a suitable mate to settle down with. This is when she meets and befriends her neighbor, Colin, who is good at finding people, so she has Colin track down all of her exes because she is convinced that they must have changed and one of them must be compatible with her now. All the while, she spends a lot of time with Colin and the two form an interesting relationship.

What’s Your Number? isn’t all that different from many other romantic comedies like it. The lead female has found some ridiculous piece of information that convinces her she must stop and find a man to settle down with. The gimmick in this movie is that she has possible slept with too many people and if she sleeps with one more man she will never find a husband. Ally’s sister is getting married and while she never directly says it, she seems determined to find this man before the wedding, because nothing is worse than going to a wedding by yourself.

However, Anna Faris (Take Me Home Tonight, Observe and Report), who plays Ally in the movie, is absolutely hilarious throughout the movie. I have always liked Anna Faris and she was really enjoyable in this movie. This is the funniest I think I have ever seen her be. Chris Evans (Captain America, Sunshine) plays the role of Colin, Ally’s neighbor who is helping her track down her ex-boyfriends. He can be really funny and he is hilarious in this movie. The two works together and play off each other so well in the movie. The movie also features Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, Ed Begley Jr. and more.

My problem is that the humor and the fun happy-go-lucky relationship that Anna Faris and Chris Evans have in the movie is so much fun to watch and so funny for the first half of the movie. Then the movie takes the turn of the typical romantic comedy; the two realize that they have feelings for each other but at least one of them is stupid and convinces themself that it won’t work then the entire third act of the movie is the person slowly realizing that their feelings for the other person are strong, it will work and then begging for forgiveness.

I really enjoyed the first half of this movie. I laughed a lot more than I thought I would and I actually enjoyed the way the movie was playing out, it really surprised me. However, once the movie took that turn that I mentioned, I began to quickly loose interest. This movie is a pretty typical romantic comedy but it is really funny at times. If you are looking for a fun date night movie, I would recommend this.

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