Add What’s Your Number? to the list of bad movies Anna Faris is good in. Everyone who’s sat through one of these things seems to want to see her natural onscreen likability to better effect, but this is what happens when you’re in Yogi Bear and Scary Movie 1 through 15. Honestly, the only thing this film has keeping me from a full-on wailing and gnashing of teeth is the cast. Faris, of course, is likable, while Chris Evans is fine playing against her. The issue is the script. The approach is a mix of Bridesmaids raunch and a sitcom mentality that ultimately cops-out on the film’s foulmouthed nature. The basic set-up involves Ally (Faris), a recently laid-off marketing type, who, after reading an article in Marie Claire, decides that the 20 guys she’s slept with in her life are far too many, and decides to track down her exes in an effort to see if one of them might actually be “the one,” thusly not having to raise her “number.” For help, she recruits her playboy neighbor Colin (Chris Evans). Of course, Ally doesn’t like Colin at first, which means we know exactly who she’ll end up with in the final reel. Beyond the ridiculously lazy and unoriginal manner of the plot, there’s no meat to hold it up. A lot of the problem is that there’s no teeth to any of it. We get a short gag about a black, gay, Republican politician looking for a beard (there’s a better romcom in that set-up there than in the entirety of this movie), but where does it go? Nowhere. There’s a lack of punch to any to the film as it slides its way into a miasma of cliches and sentimentalism. It’s the same old romcom formula, this time with an animated singing penis and Ed Begley Jr. making Twitter jokes, and just another superfluous movie in a year packed with them.
Director: Mark Mylod
Writer: Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden and Karyn Bosnak
Producer: Tripp Vinson and Beau Flynn
Cast: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Martin Freeman, Matt Bomer, Chris Pratt, Ivana Milicevic and Joel McHale