Girls subtract, Guys add. If a survey or if someone like Oprah was to say “If you have more than 20 boyfriends, you will very unlikely ever settle down” I mean seriously is it possible to set a number or quota you can’t cross over if you want to find “The One”. It’s just ridiculous to me but someone in Hollywood thought it made a good comedy.
Well through in Anna Faris and yeah you’ll be in for some good laughs.
What’s Your Number? is a 2011 romantic comedy film starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans. It is based on Karyn Bosnak’s book 20 Times a Lady. Anna Faris is Ally Darling, who after reading a magazine article that leads her to believe she’s going to be forever alone, begins a wild search for the best “ex” of her life. With the help of her ‘player’ neighbour Colin Shea, Anna soon realises what she’s really looking for in a man she wants to marry and if her exs really got better with time.
You would expect this film to star Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey because we’ve seen them work it out so well together with their on screen chemistry. Honestly I love Anna Faris, she’s brilliantly funny but when I saw that Chris Evans was going to be her co-star and love interest in the movie, I wasn’t quite sure.
This really has got to be the year that Chris Evans is the actor that has surprised me the most. First it was Captain America. Chris has always portrayed a more playful character (except maybe for Sunshine) but think about him in Scott Pilgram as Lucas Lee or maybe Fantastic Four as Johnny Storm, the cocky arrogant kid. Bamm! He gets to play Captain America with all that emotion and self righteousness, not to mention serious tone through out the movie and he pulls it off! Ok I was impressed.
Next up on the cards he plays Colin Shea in this movie and it’s a what?….romantic comedy? Ok I was sure he can pull off the comedy part but skeptical about the romantic part. To my surprise yet again, Chris is slowly turning out to be one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. It was a bit of Chris’ past on screen personas and a little bit more sensitivity for the complete character he played.
Anna on the other hand was as always a joy to watch on screen. She bubbly and so naturally funny. The only probably is that this film took every ounce of Faris’ comic ability to keep the story moving forward. It’s a little too predictable really. I found myself saying at the end “Sure of course….only in the movies.”
The opening scenes are a little too much like the recent Bridesmaids movie and there are too many rom-com clichés, including the surprise date in a closed sports arena which I swear I’ve seen in another movie. In a way some parts seem like a mash ups of the best parts of rom-coms previously made.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Ooooo the producers owe Anna Faris big time! She really carried the movie for me because she was such a joy to watch with all the laughs she provided and Chris Evans surprisingly complimented her very well so it that light it was an enjoyable movie none the less.
I can’t help you though if you happen to hate both actors.
Also, do check out Anna Faris’s Public Service Announcements here.
What’s Your Number? opens in cinemas 13 Oct with special sneaks 7 – 9 Oct.
Photos courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures Singapore
By Elliott Danker
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