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Review: What's Your Number?

BASED on the novel 20 Times A Lady by Karyn Bosnak, this centres on a 20-something career girl who imposes a strict limit on the number of men she is allowed to sleep with before she finds her Prince Charming.

A scene from the film What's Your Number?
A scene from the film What's Your Number?

BASED on the novel 20 Times A Lady by Karyn Bosnak, this centres on a 20-something career girl who imposes a strict limit on the number of men she is allowed to sleep with before she finds her Prince Charming.

When she hits that limit – 20 – her only choice is to revisit her old flames, hoping she missed a diamond in the rough the first time around.

This hare-brained romantic comedy capsizes within the first 10 minutes.

Anna Faris is a gifted comic actress but can’t perform miracles.

Ally Darling (Anna Faris) reads a newspaper article, which suggests the average person has 10.5 partners in their lifetime and single women are doomed to spinsterhood if they reach 20 without hearing wedding bells.

Shocked to discover a recent drunken fumble takes the notches on her bedpost to 20, she enlists the help of bed-hopping next-door neighbour Colin (Chris Evans) to re-evaluate her old flames.

Faris humiliates herself during a disastrous encounter with British beau Simon (Martin Freeman) by adopting a faux English accent that veers into Eastern Europe before settling close to Swedish.

On-screen sexual chemistry between Faris and Evans is inert, leaving us to wonder if Ally might be destined for the emotional scrapheap after all.

 

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