Movie Review: What’s Your Number?

Posted: October 23, 2011 in movie reviews, movies
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I’m a sucker for a good rom-com. They’re fun and you get to swoon over guys who in real life don’t exist, but it’s fun to pretend like they do. Though Anna Faris can sometimes be over the top, What’s Your Number was sweet, cute, and gave me a crush on Chris Evans.

 

What’s Your Number?

Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Anthony Mackie, Blythe Danner, Andy Samberg

Premise: Ally Darling (Anna Faris) is searching for the right guy. She reads a magazine article that tells her any girl who sleeps with 10 + men is destined to live a life of loneliness. Unfortunately Ally’s number is 20, leading her to reconnect with her ex’s in order not to increase her number. With the help of her playboy neighbor (Chris Evans), Ally tracks down her exes and realizes they were her exes for a reason.

My Review: There are good romantic comedies such as Sleepless In Seattle, While You Were Sleeping, Sweet Home Alabama and then there are terrible, terrible rom-coms: He’s Just Not That Into You, Ugly Truth, Something Borrowed. Luckily, What’s Your Number falls into the former.

Anna Faris is endearing. She’s sweet, she’s nerdy, she’s cool, and she’s obviously psycho, but psycho in the best way. Sure at times she was over the top with both her acting and the naiveté of her, but my major problem with her was that it was completely unbelievable that she wouldn’t be able to snag a great guy, and it was completely unbelievable that she’d have this string of loser ex-boyfriends. There had to be some good ones in there, right? But I guess that was her thinking too.

However, like any good romantic comedy, there were some sweet moments too. And that was thanks in part to Chris Evans. This movie put Chris Evans into heartthrob status for me. Sure he was a player pretty boy in Fantastic Four, and him with his shirt off in Captain America is indeed amazing, but in this movie his character Colin really made me (for lack of a better word) swoon. Evan’s played Colin with such ease. Colin was just a dude who liked the ladies. But we weren’t punched in the face with it. He wasn’t the playboy wild child who needed Anna Faris to tame him. He was just a dude – a dude who formed a crush on his neighbor. And it was sweet and definitely swoon-worthy.

Though this story had a lot of holes, a lot of inconsistencies, and it wasn’t necessarily the most original plot line, it wasn’t shallow. When you really get to the heart of the matter it all has to do with Aly’s self esteem. She just doesn’t think she’s good enough and that’s affected not only who she dates, but also who she doesn’t date. And in that aspect the story is utterly relatable. The movie is also helped along by the incredible chemistry between Chris Evan’s and Anna Faris. There were some real moments in the movie where the two actors looked like they stopped acting and were just having fun. The movie turned into much more than just the gimmick of Aly’s crazy and goofy ex-boyfriends. If you like rom-coms, go watch it, you’ll find yourself smiling.

Rating: 3 Stars(maybe 3 ½ for Chris Evans.)

 

 

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