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What's Your Number?


Stars: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor, Heather Burns, Blythe Danner, Ed Begley Jr

Director: Mark Mylod

A truly dreadful romcom whose 'funny' dialogue consists almost entirely of references to penises and vaginas. Consequently it makes the overrated Bridesmaids look like a howling masterpiece.

Would-be funny-girl Faris overplays her role as Ally who, deservedly fired from her job, is shocked to read that the average American woman has had 10.5 lovers, when she herself is already up to 19. Allowing her lothario neighbour Colin (Evans) to use her flat while waiting for his umpteenth girlfriend to depart, Ally hires him to track down her previous 19 lovers, in the hope of avoiding hitting 20.

To say that you could guess the rest is an insult to your intelligence, but, to extend the runtime, the plot throws in the wedding of Ally's sister (Graynor, rather better than the star) and the tricky business of ensuring that both their estranged parents attend.

Danner and Begley in these roles are mercifully spared the worst of the dialogue, but no one would want to remember this, least of all Britain's Martin Freeman as one of Ally's exes, who would do well to leave this one off his CV. One star, though, for the one good line, as one of Ally's exes tells her that 'I wouldn't have known I was gay if I hadn't dated you.' There, I've given the game away.

David Quinlan

USA 2011. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox. Colour by deluxe.
107 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 15.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 2.

Review date: 24 Sep 2011