What’s Your Number? – Zero at the Box Office

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This uninspiring romantic comedy plods from one superficial moment to the next, telling us nothing we haven’t been told before and showing us nothing we haven’t seen. The concept is weak, the humor banal and the leading lady fails to distract us from the flawed execution of this unlikely tale.

Ally Darling (Anna Faris) is single and soon to be a bridesmaid to her sister, Daisy (Ari Graynor). Just before the wedding Ally reads an article in a magazine that warns females who have had 20 sexual relationships that they have missed their chance at true love. As Ally’s conquests total 20, she decides to reconnect with her exes in the hope that she will find Mr. Right, thus avoiding the consequence of going over the 20 benchmark. However, her ex-lovers prove elusive to locate and she enlists the help of her neighbor Colin (Chris Evans), who is a charmer but also an inveterate womanizer.

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What’s Your Number?

This neighborly relationship becomes a double whammy when, in the finale, Ally chases all over town searching for her suddenly-no-longer-womanizing love interest when all she had to do was go home and wait for him to return. She actually mutters these exact words to herself as she catapults over a wall, which obviously the three writers decided works perfectly as a hole filler but is in fact a prime example of how fatal group thinking can really be.

Not only does this film lack originality, but it has an opening scene identical to that in the recent blockbuster, Bridesmaids. In both these movies the star wakes up in bed with a guy, tip-toes to the bathroom, touches up her make-up and then slips back into bed, feigning sleep when the guy wakes up.

In Bridesmaids this was extremely funny, in What’s Your Number it falls flat, as do all the other ideas that made their debut in the previously released Something Borrowed, Rachel’s Getting Married and Margo at the Wedding. As if this film doesn’t already have enough relics, memories of Rocky are stirred when the two lovers visit an empty stadium at night. This scene couldn’t be any more contrived if the sub-title “this is when the lovers discover they like each other” had been added, which might sound ridiculous but that’s only because you haven’t seen the film.

When a project like this gets made, it begs the questions ‘How?’, and when a B list actress lands the starring role, the question is ‘How come?’ On researching the cast, it appears Anna Feris made a couple of guest appearances on the TV series Entourage, which were directed by Mark Mylod, who is also the Director of this film. It’s glaringly obvious that Miss Feris is no Jennifer Aniston so it’s extremely lucky that this is not holding her back and that her and the Director ‘bonded’ so well when she was strutting her stuff on the set of Entourage.

RELEASE DATES

Belarus – 29 September 2011

Kazakhstan – 29 September 2011

Russia – 29 September 2011

Estonia – 30 September 2011

Ireland – 30 September 2011

Sweden – 30 September 2011

UK – 30 September 2011

USA – 30 September 2011

France – 5 October 2011

Hong Kong – 6 October 2011

Malaysia – 13 October 2011

Singapore – 13 October 2011

Italy – 14 October 2011

Brazil – 21 October 2011

Norway – 21 October 2011

Portugal – 27 October 2011

Finland – 28 October 2011

Hungary – 10 November 2011

Lithuania – 11 November 2011

Poland – 10 February 2012

Germany – 16 February 2012