In the romantic comedy What’s Your Number? Anna Faris plays Ally Darling a fun-loving 30-something who learns via a magazine article that a woman’s chances of marrying become infinitesimal if she’s slept with more than 20 men – a number which just so happens to be Ally’s exact tally. Apparently the highly suggestible sort she accepts the magazine’s somewhat dubious findings at face value. Loath to embrace a spinster future she gives up sex and concocts a scheme to revisit each of her past lovers to see if any of them might actually be The One enlisting the aid of Colin (Chris Evans) a crass but amiable ladies’ man from across the hall who dabbles in detective work to track them down.
The immutable laws of rom-com dynamics dictate what happens next. One by one Ally pursues each of her exes to see if any of her old flames might be worth reigniting even as it becomes increasingly obvious that she and Colin are meant for each other. Ally’s quixotic endeavor lands her in one awkward and humiliating situation after another. True love eludes her; laughter eludes us. Faris is one of the most skilled comedic actresses in Hollywood today but even her formidable talents can’t do much with the hackneyed scenarios proffered by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden’s middling script.
Faris and Evans make a pleasing pair and their chemistry is one of the few aspects of What’s Your Number? that doesn’t feel forced. It’s what keeps it afloat in between each unfunny gag. Sure Ally and Colin’s eventual union is telegraphed from the opening frames but that isn’t necessarily a problem. What is a problem is the story’s slavish adherence to formula which renders not just the outcome but also the preceding plot points achingly predictable.
What’s Your Number?’s R rating and saucy subject matter portend raunch but in truth the film’s humor is actually quite tame save for a handful of filthy lines. For all its flaws the script is not without wit. There just isn’t nearly enough of it.
The always entertaining Thomas Lennon is one of those guys you may recognize but aren't necessarily sure where from. You really should know more about him, since you've probably seen more of his work than you are aware of. As a screenwriter, he's brought the masses Night At The Museum and it's sequel, Taxi, The Pacifier and other hit films, and as an actor he's left you hiccuping with laughter in Reno 911!, I Love You, Man, Balls of Fury and countless Funny or Die sketches. Next year, you'll be lucky enough to get a double dose of Lennon as he joins a pair of productions that are currently filming.
First, he'll shoot scenes for 20th Century Fox's upcoming rom-com What's Your Number? The film stars Anna Faris as a woman who looks back at the past twenty men she's had relationships with and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. He'll play one of the ex-lovers, joining Chris Evans, Zachary Quinto, Matthew Bomer, Andy Samberg, Chris Pratt, Joel McHale and others. Mark Mylod (Entourage) began shooting the film in May and will wrap soon, giving Lennon just enough time to craft his character before jumping into another "high" profile comedy.
New Line Cinema is lucky to land Lennon for their stoner threequel A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, which is also currently shooting in Michigan. The film reunites Kal Penn and John Cho as best buds on a nutty-as-usual adventure that takes place ten years after they Escaped From Guantanamo Bay. Lennon will play the suburban neighbor of Harold Lee.
In my book, more Lennon can only mean more fun in a film, so needless to say I'm amped to see these two 2011 comedies. For even more laughter by Lennon, you'll be able to catch him in the Cameron Diaz vehicle Bad Teacher, also due next year.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
After the success of Valentine's Day and He's Just Not That Into You, its safe to say that ensemble rom-coms are prized possessions for producers and studios at the moment. No wonder, then, that 20th Century Fox is aggressively moving ahead with What's Your Number?, the Mark Mylod directed comedy based on Karyn Bosnak's book 20 Times A Lady that has Anna Faris set for the lead role and Matt Bomer playing her dream guy.
The plot centers on Delilah (Faris) who treks through her sexual past to find Mr. Right, exploring the idea of sexual quotas and whether such numbers matter. Chris Evans is already attached to play her womanizing next door neighbor, while Ari Graynor will play her sister, whose wedding serves as a backdrop to much of the proceedings.
Today, Entertainment Weekly reports that Zachary Quinto and Andy Samberg are in talks to join the production as a pair of additional exes. Filming is expected to begin in May, so confirmation on their involvement should be coming within the next few weeks. We'll keep you up to date on all of the casting news, as there are a lot more roles to fill in this New Regency production.
20th Century Fox and New Regency's R-rated comedy What's Your Number? has roped Anna Faris and Chris Evans, says Variety.
The film is adapted from Karyn Bosnak's book "20 Times a Lady," which is described as follows:
How many men does it take to find true love?
Delilah Darling's magic number was supposed to be twenty. She always thought she'd find the perfect guy by the time she'd slept with twentyof them. But when she wakes up naked in her disgusting boss's bed after a drunken night out, she's filled with regret -- and realizes she's hit her self-imposed limit. Unwilling to up her number but unable to imagine a life of celibacy, Delilah does what any girl in her situation would do: she tracks down every man she's ever slept with in a last-ditch effort to make it work with one of them.
Bosnak originally scripted the film, but her draft has been rewritten by Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan.
Mark Mylod will direct, while Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing.