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What's Your Number? - DVD Review

What's Your Number?

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

GIVEN the value placed on numerals in What’s Your Number? one of the games that’s fun to play while watching is how many other films it borrows from.

Early on, Bridesmaids feels particularly pilfered, while there’s elements of Judd Apatow, the Farrellys and other more conventional rom-coms rolled into the mix.

And yet for all of its obvious flaws, the pairing of Anna Faris and Chris Evans in the central roles proves a winning combination.

Based on Karyn Bosnak’s novel (originally called 20 Times A Lady), the film follows the fortunes of Ally (Faris) as, prompted by a magazine article, she looks back over her past 20 sexual partners to see if one of them might be her true love – particularly as one more sexual slip-up might place her on the unlovable list.

Helping her do this is buff man-next-door Colin (Evans), who has his own habit for sleeping around, as well as an easy knack for locating people.

Needless to say, the longer the two hang out, the more Ally thinks Mr Right may be living right under her nose.

Mark Mylod’s film may be treading overly familiar territory but it does have a number of things in its favour. The R-rated tone is good, enabling the leads to unearth some dirty laughs that feel truer to real life than more traditional rom-coms, while Faris and Evans are clearly enjoying each other’s company.

Faris combines ditsy, dirty, vulnerable and sexy to winning effect, while Evans has a free-flowing charisma that’s ripe for appeal to the guys as well as the gals.

Indeed, this is a rom-com – like Bridesmaids – that boasts appeal to both sexes, even if it lacks the finesse of Kirsten Wiig’s more illustrious crowd-pleaser.

The rogues’ gallery of former lovers also gives rise to some funny (if largely brief) cameos, including Martin Freeman, Zachary Quinto and Chris Pratt – all of whom enable Faris to make a fool of herself in ever more endearing ways.

Hence, if What’s Your Number? is at all times obvious and occasionally a little rough around the edges, it’s also an easy watch that makes for effortless entertainment… the type of which you sometimes need just to get away from it all.

Read our interview with author Karyn Bosnak

Certificate: 15
Running time: 106mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: January 30, 2012