Bad timing allowed What's Your Number?, a mildly raunchy romantic comedy about a woman lamenting her sexual history as she resolves to finally save herself for Mr. Right, to come out mere months after the too-similar Bridesmaids.
And bad timing is evident on the screen, as this comedy struggles to find a tone, find its footing, find any comic momentum that two generally funny leads could carry. Anna Faris and Chris Evans don't have enough scenes together, don't have enough funny lines and aren't surrounded by enough funny people to give this Bridesmaids Lite a shot.
Faris plays 30-something Ally Darling, who, on the day she is laid off from her marketing job, reads an article detailing research that shows that women who have had more than 20 sexual partners are less likely to marry. Ally figures she's at "19," and promptly gets drunk, sleeps with her creep of an ex-boss, and now must track down her previous 19 so that she can rekindle an old flame and not cross that Marie Claire magazine-decreed number of doom.
Her assistant in this search is her randy player of a neighbor, Colin, played with shirtless — and often pants-less — charm by Evans. He's been ducking into Ally's apartment so as to not have breakfast with each night's conquests.
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A cute running gag: Ally has flashbacks to her exes, then meets them today, and each is odd in his own odd way. And she was odd around them in an effort to court them. She dated a Brit, and faked a British accent to seal the deal. Does she still remember her My Fair Lady lines, guvnah?
Ally also is helping her younger sister, Daisy (Ari Graynor), prep for her wedding, giving Faris a chance to show off her "drunk" engagement-toast shtick. She stuffs her face with samples of the wedding cake that Daisy might choose.
Her excuse: "Nobody's ever going to see me naked again."
It's no longer a shock to hear the buxom blonde next door swear like a frat boy as she talks of her frat-boy-friendly sex life. And it doesn't help that we meet Faris in a scene identical to the opening moment of Bridesmaids: slipping out of bed, freshening up so that she can pretend to be that pretty even when she awakes.
The banter with Evans is often first-rate. There's just not enough of it. The cute set-piece scenes also are too few.
The movie lacks urgency, despite Ally's protests that "I'm running out of time, money and viable eggs." Director Mark Mylod doesn't have either a light touch or a pound-out-the-laughs feel for the material.
What's Your Number? fails to add up to anything we haven't seen before, recently and now available on video.