'What’s Your Number?' Shockya Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
Director: Mark Mylod (TV’s ‘Entourage,’ ‘Shameless’)
Starring Anna Faris, Chris Evans and Blythe Danner (‘Little Fockers’)
Sometimes people have to go through multiple choices to find the best fit for them. Much like her character Ally Darling in the new romantic comedy ‘What’s Your Number?,’ Anna Faris broke society expectation to do what was right for her. While Ally dated the wrong men just to find someone society would approve of, the actress continuously took on ditzy characters that the public has come to recognize her for playing. But both Ally and Faris both finally stood up for themselves and went after what made them happy.
‘What’s Your Number?’ follows Ally as her life begins to crumble on the eve of her younger sister Daisy’s (portrayed by Ari Graynor) wedding. Not only does she break up with her boyfriend and get fired from her marketing job, Ally is still being pressured by her mother, Ava (played by Blythe Danner), to be perfect, like Daisy. But the most damaging blow to Ally’s ego is when she reads a magazine article claiming the more men women sleep with, the less likely they’ll find a desirable, committed life partner.
Seeing that Daisy became engaged to one of her ex-boyfriends, Ally decides to track down all of her previous boyfriends to find her best match. So she hires her neighbor, Colin (portrayed by Chris Evans), whose father was a cop and taught him to investigate, to track down all 19 of her ex-boyfriends and flings. But much to both of their surprise, the two ultimately start to develop feelings for each other.
Throughout the course of her career, Faris has garnered attention for playing ditzy airheads in such projects as the ‘Scary Movie’ series, ‘Just Friends,’ ‘The House Bunny’ and ‘Friends.’ While Ally has her unintentional oblivious moments in ‘What’s Your Number?,’ such as making a drunken toast at Daisy’s engagement party, which ends up on YouTube, Faris is able to show her range as an actress in the romantic comedy. The actress makes Ally relatable in many aspects of her life; she feels her mother’s pressure to live up to her sister’s success personally, while also maintaining a prosperous professional life. While she wants to find a boyfriend who makes her happy, her family and friends look down on Colin, as he’s also struggling to find a meaningful career.
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