Formula Chick Flick
Director: Mark Mylod
Cast: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor, Blythe Danner, Ed Begley Jr., Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Heather Burns, Eliza Coupe, Kate Simses, Tika Sumpter, Joel McHale
Synopsis: Ally (Anna Faris) reads a magazine article claiming that women who have had 20 or more partners in their lifetime have a good chance of staying single for life. After counting the men in her own life, Ally begins to lose hope of ever getting married. Vowing not to exceed her current number, she enlists the help of her handsome neighbor Colin (Chris Evans) and becomes obsessed with tracking down her old boyfriends to see if she may have missed `the one’.
Review: Clearly made for the “Sex and the City” audience, “What’s Your Number” employs every cliché in the book to create a modern day formula chick flick. ‘Modern day’ because the girl is no saint and the guy must be a ‘Barney Stinson’ understudy. Apart from a very interesting idea for a story, there seems to be nothing new about this chick flick. But who says formula is wrong, they become formula only cause they work. “What’s Your Number” works for the most part. Yet, it’s definitely not the kind of movie you would spend time or money to watch in a cinema hall.
There are some enjoyable and fresh moments, like the game of strip basketball in which Ally and Colin explore their wild side. Chick flicks, I believe, are for a certain age group that truly believes ‘love is all candy-floss’ or for the grown-ups who want to re-visit the ‘floaty-headed’ days. So yes, it serves both these purposes because – Both the lead actors are often nude for no reason, they share decent chemistry and it ends happily.
However, there are films like “The Proposal”, “The Princess Diaries” etc. that have done exactly the same thing that makes non-chick flick audiences sit up and take notice. These films generally have a rock solid cast(with sparkling chemistry) that takes it to another level. “What’s your Number” lacks exactly that.
Verdict: Yet another chick flick that’s decent for regular T.V. watching but nothing that will make you go WOW.