Sometimes, underneath a film's "R" rating for sexual content and foul language, lies a core of sweetness and warmth.
Unfortunately, for the unsuspecting viewer who is used to the quality of, say, Judd Apatow comedies, "What's Your Number?" is not one of those films.
Poor Anna Faris hasn't really had a serious break since her terrific performance in "Lost in Translation." She is sadly becoming a staple in less-than-stellar roles such as "The House Bunny" and "The Hot Chick." Now "What's Your Number?" is just another sub-par film to add to her resume.
Faris is Ally Darling, a young woman who has just been fired from her marketing job. On her way home on the train, she reads an article in Marie Clare magazine. It seems, according to the story, that women who have slept with more than 20 men generally do not get married.
Ally asks her women friends how many men they have been with, and they are horrified to hear that her number is so high. She decides to find out what happened to her former boyfriends so she can stay under the dreaded 20 number and possibly find her future husband in the mix.
Meanwhile, she's busy getting really drunk (the scene that she makes naturally ends up on YouTube) and sleeping with her ex-boss. Colin (Chris Evans, who played "Captain America") lives across the hall from Ally and helps shoo her ex-boss from her apartment. Colin, a real tomcat, tells Ally he will do the investigating into the men from her past if she will let him hide out in her apartment after his one-night stands.
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In the meantime, Ally is helping her sister (Ari Graynor) prepare for her wedding while their mother (Blythe Danner) badgers Ally to find a suitable mate. All the while, Colin is close at hand, spending time with Ally, who genuinely begins to enjoy his company.
Nothing much that happens in this movie will come as a surprise. Except for the frequent profanity and private-parts talk, it's typical romantic comedy fare. There are a couple of chuckles in the script, to be sure, but otherwise it's certainly nothing remarkable or memorable (except that Ed Begley Jr. has an interesting, if brief, role as Ally's father).
Here's hoping that Faris can find a better vehicle for her talents. When it comes to building a resume, this show won't count for much.