What's Your Number? is a 2011 romantic comedy film directed Mark Mylod and starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans. Written by Gabrielle Allan and Jennifer Crittenden, it is based on Karyn Bosnak's book 20 Times a Lady. The film was released on September 30, 2011.
n Boston, Ally Darling (Anna Faris) is a thirty-something woman who is struggling to make better decisions with her life. Her boyfriend Rick (Zachary Quinto) breaks up with her when she asks him to attend her sister Daisy's (Ari Graynor) upcoming wedding, and she then gets laid off from her job. While taking the subway home, Ally comes across a Marie Claire magazine article entitled "What's Your Number?", which says that women who have more than twenty lovers in their lifetime have difficulty finding a husband. After making a list of all the men she slept with, she realizes that her number is nineteen, making her decide not to have sex with anyone else until she finds "the one". She then wakes up after Daisy's bachelorette party and discovers that she hooked up with her ex-boss Roger (Joel McHale). Hoping to avoid an awkward confrontation, Ally lets her musician neighbor Colin Shea (Chris Evans) into her apartment so that Roger will leave. It turns out that Colin was only over to avoid a girl that he slept with, because he doesn't want to give the women he sees any expectations.
Ally then runs into "Disgusting Donald" (Chris Pratt), her once overweight ex-boyfriend who's now successful and good-looking, and his fiancee. She decides to track down all of her ex-boyfriends in the hope that one of them will have grown into the man she wants to marry, and therefore the number of men she has slept with will never have to increase. She gets help from Colin (who's skilled in 'digging up dirt') to find all of her exes in exchange for letting him stay in her place after his one-night stands, telling Colin to pay particular attention to one ex Jake Adams (Dave Annable), who Ally sees as 'the one that got away'. Things do not quite work out the way she expected and Ally remembers why it didn't work out with those men in the first place. Depressed after an unsuccessful search, Ally has a night out with Colin that culminates in the two growing closer and almost having sex. She stops him, but without a boyfriend decides to take him as her date to Daisy's wedding. Daisy and Ally's friends worry she is falling for Colin and warn her off him, reminding her of his promiscuous nature. Soon Ally is furious when she finds out that Colin had found Jake Adams' contact details after all but withheld them in belief that they were going to become an item, and the two have a falling out.
She successfully contacts Jake and the two begin to date again. Ally attends her sister's wedding with him while Colin and his band perform at a different wedding. During a slow-dance with Jake at the reception, Ally confesses her 'number' to Jake, and Jake, thinking she's joking expresses disgust at the thought. Ally quickly realizes that her true feelings lie with Colin and that she and Jake are incompatible, breaking it off with him. Ally then has to run to numerous weddings before she finally finds Colin and confesses her feelings.
Waking up with Colin the next morning, Ally gets a call from an old boyfriend (Aziz Ansari) telling her that they in fact did not sleep together. Ally rejoices in the fact that Colin is indeed the 20th and last man she ever slept with.
Anna Faris as Ally Darling Nadine Jacobson as Ally (age 14) Chris Evans as Colin Shea Ari Graynor as Daisy Anne Darling Blythe Danner as Ava Darling Ed Begley, Jr. as Mr. Darling Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Eddie Vogel Dave Annable as Jake Adams Colby Parsons at Jake (age 14) Heather Burns as Eileen Eliza Coupe as Sheila Tika Sumpter as Jamie Joel McHale as Roger the Boss Chris Pratt as Disgusting Donald Denise Vasi as Cara Zachary Quinto as Rick Mike Vogel as Dave Hansen Martin Freeman as Simon Andy Samberg as Jerry Perry Thomas Lennon as Dr. Barrett Ingold Anthony Mackie as Tom Piper Ivana Miličević as Jacinda Aziz Ansari as Jay Matt Amico as Raver #1
What's Your Number? grossed $14 million in the U.S. and Canada and $16.4 million in other territories, for a total gross of $30.4 million against a budget of $20 million. It grossed $5.4 million in its opening weekend, finishing 8th at the box office.
I really like this movie. It's another that I seem to be able to watch over again and again. I appoached this carefully, I usually find this kind of movie either boring or just too crude for my liking (I'm kind of a prude) but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Even though Chris is naked half the time it's not graphic, or overtly sexual Something that bugs me about some modern movies is they make it a 15 or even 18 certificate purely to allow for excessive, unnecessary sexual senes and profanity. Which rarely serves the narrative, and certainly does little to help me identity with the characters. This film doesn't make me cringe for the wrong reasons, if that makes sense.
I think if Ally had been played by anyone other than the gorgeously funny Anna Farris it probably would not have worked (even if it still had our Chris) Chris and Anna's chemistry, plus witty scripting, is key to its success.
Imagine this with, say, Catherine Hiegl. She's nice too but the scatty, quirky Ally that Anna gave us makes her extremely likable, even if she's worried about having been with a certain number of people (I think 10 is high too like the lady on the train, I know, sad right? ^_^)
Anyway Chris' Colin is also likable, you can see why all those ladies go home with him. I mean, Ally's right, if they can't see him coming, they deserve what they get
When he and Ally first hang out her observations of him crack me up. "You're a struggling musician" "What makes you think that" "Guitar in your apartment, you dress like a horny teenager, I paid for that sandwich. Struggling musician"
She worries so much about her own "number" but is quite quick to point out Colins faults too. I guess she feels that although her number may be "high" at least she had relationships, she didn't just sleep with a bunch of guys and never call them, like Colin seems to with his many conquests. There is, however, an immediate kinship between the pair. Even when they disagree about ideal relationships and the "perfect women" they're actually learning from eachother that they may not be wrong about the opposite sex, but not quite right perhaps either. Well...who is? I don't know any men that understand me, not many other women do for that matter lol
I do wonder how many women Ally's dream guy Jake Adams had seduced and bedded since they left high school? <_< His view seems so out of touch and pretty misogynistic. He'll be the only man she'll ever be with, she won't have her own career she'll just stay in thier mansion with a nanny looking after the kids. Or accompany him to events as arm candy...wether that is what she wants or not, it doesn't matter because that's what he wants for her. As his wife.
The fact that Colin saw Ally for who she was, and fell in love, without the need for a fake British accent or puppet show appreciation, makes him her ideal match He could see that she wasn't happy, always trying to conform to sombody elses ideals and to make everyone happy. When he set up the lights for her freaky little sculptures my heart just melted. I can understand why he didn't pass on Jake's number, he , like the rest of us by this point, realised that Colin was the only person who has ever appreciated Ally for being Ally. The perfect imperfect man Even her mum was constantly disapproving
Overall the movie is well paced, well written and well acted. The "extended" version makes more sense than the cinematic one though. Some of the "cut" scenes are, whilst not crucial, certainly helpful with some of the gaps in information. The puppet show scene isn't in the theatrical cut, but when you see it and the scene immediately thereafter, when she admits that the puppeteer was her first, suddenly that conversation makes more sense.
Also an honorable mention to both Chris Pratt as Disgusting Donald, the Ex she told no one about. (Anna's real life husband who watched his wife kiss captain america a bunch of times)
and of course the adorable Anthony Mackie as Tom Piper, the guy from college who she didn't realise was actually gay...spoiler alert
Such a long winded post and I forgot to say how impressed I was with Chris *facepalm*
His portrayal of a guy that he may be a little like in somways, you know, a beer drinking, pizza eating guitarist, is more than just a guy that sleeps around. He cared once (the girl he saw the photo of as a child, dressed up) and since meeting his neighbour, he cares once more. Chris manages to convey that sweetness of Colins character. Not just as some womanizing playboy, but a man that has heart and sees the error of his ways but is just trapped by fear of hurting someone or getting hurt himself His vulnerability comes from being unable to comit, how wierd does that sound? Lol When he finally lets go, lets himself fall for Ally, is when you really truly see him. And when Ally is angry at him and they stop talking to eachother that look in Chris' eyes as Colins heart breaks Followed by the anger, not at Ally but himself for allowing himself to get too involved and dedicating so much to help her out.
REALLY enjoyed reading that! I am well known among my fellow Cevansies for really not liking this film at all. My wife, also a Cevansie but retired from the Internet, loves this film and we've decided it's partly because I'm a man and she's a woman and with the risk of sounding sexist this is a girl film although I am definitely in touch with my feminine side and cry more easily at films than real life. Actually, I read somewhere that that's true of most men!
I have to tell you that I was nodding at a lot of what you said and it does make sense. You may have half convinced me to give it another try. I'm off to bed now, it's just after midnight here but I'll try to write up my reservations tomorrow.
If it helps, one time I was watching this and my dad came home. I explained that the tele was crap, but if he wanted to put something else on to feel free He pays the tivo bill after all. Anyway we ended up watching it all, you'd think that would be wierd a 60 year old man watching a movie basically about peoples sex lives with his 20 something daughter. Wasn't wierd at all and he loved it. The bit I thought would make him crack and have to find something else was in the bar when the girls are playing the game with the numbers on the pieces of paper, guessing who's were who's. When they're all shocked at 13! and she just states "geeez, it's not like they were all in there at the same time" he burst out laughing
Gotta admit that post sounds kinda deep, and I've just spent the last 10 minutes watching the gifs you and Picap posted of Chris in various states of undress...I'm not as deep as I think I am! Lol
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