626. What’s Your Number? (2011)

5.3 Very generic
  • Acting 5.7
  • Directing 5.7
  • Story 4.5
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Starring: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor

Director: Mark Mylod

Running Time: 106 mins

What’s Your Number? is an American film about a woman, embarrassed by the fact that she’s dated too many men, who decides to go back through her exes to see if any of them have changed for the better.

I laughed a few times in this movie. Just a few. Apart from that, this is yet again another terribly generic rom-com with probably THE most predictable story I’ve ever seen. The characters aren’t funny or interesting, instead largely annoying, while the plot has no attempt to develop itself, it just jumps around randomly, making for a hugely frustrating watch.

I’ll start with the good part. There are points in this film where it completely leaves the story and the romance behind, and just goes for some straight-up laughs, and seeing as they’re not trying to fit into this terrible plot, they actually manage to be pretty funny.

But that only happens on about four occasions, and after that, the film just descends back into the depths of cheesy, clichéd rom-com plot, which is so boring. Honestly, every time that the story or the alleged ‘goals’ of the main character were mentioned, I nearly fell asleep, because they were so dull, and the outcome was completely obvious.

Even in the little mini-segments where she is meeting up with an ex, all the little farce elements and punchlines are totally predictable, leaving the parts which you would expect to be a little funnier to be even more boring.

Those parts of the film aren’t the worst though. At least they have a sort of centralised idea to them, whereas the rest of the film, consisting of the two main characters basically sitting around and complaining, makes it feel a lot like a frustrating slog, not the sort of atmosphere that particularly entertained me while watching this.

In the end, everything turns out exactly how you would expect it to, and while I’m not entirely sure whether this film is actually trying to hide the most predictable twist in history, it’s really disappointing when it ends up how it does, so that’s why it gets a 5.3.


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