Magazine article Screen International

What's Your Number?

Magazine article Screen International

What's Your Number?

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Dir: Mark Mylod. US. 2011. 106mins

A perky, mildly raunchy turn by Anna Faris is the only real bright spot in formulaic and mostly forgettable romantic comedy What's Your Number? After a summer heavy with romcoms of varying quality there's a danger that this lightweight entry might seem a bit too familiar even to devoted fans of the genre.

Some slightly racy dialogue gives the film a fashionably edgy feel.

The Fox-distributed Regency production will probably find a youngish female-skewed audience when it opens in the US and UK on Sept 30, but it may not perform as well as Faris' 2008 hit The House Bunny. Co-star Chris Evans, from this summer's Captain America: The First Avenger, might help attract a slightly bigger than average international audience.Faris' Ally Darling has just lost her job and another boyfriend when she reads a magazine article pronouncing that most women who've had 20 or more lovers can't find a husband. Already at number 19, Ally hatches a plan to look up all her old boyfriends - none of whom, of course, would count as number 20 - in the hope of finding one who's changed enough to be hubby material.The plan creates opportunities for a string of cameo appearances but none of the actors playing Ally's exes - among them The Office's Martin Freeman and Saturday Night Live's Andy Samberg - finds enough in the script to produce a standout performance. …

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