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Blu-ray Review: What’s Your Number?

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The 2011 romantic comedy What’s Your Number?, starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans, is now available on Blu-ray. Faris plays Ally Darling, a 30-something single woman, who realizes she needs to find a man to marry before it’s too late. There are so many problems with What’s Your Number? it’s hard to know where to begin. Is it the paint-by-numbers script, the lame dialogue, or just the fact that this “comedy” is not funny? The only thing this movie has going for it is a likeable cast. Faris, Evans, along with Joel McHale, Chris Pratt, and Zachary Quinto in small parts are the only reason to give this below average film a glance.

Ally is down on her luck. On the same morning her boyfriend (Quinto) breaks up with her she gets fired from her marketing job. While reading a magazine on the way home from being fired, she learns that 96% of women with 20 or more sexual partners never marry. This alarms Ally. She hastily begins making a list of her past lovers, only to discover that she is at 19. Afraid of hitting the magic number of 20, she swears off sex until she find the man she is going to marry. It’s clear within the first five minutes of the movie who that man is going to be, but unfortunately things are not so obvious to Ally.

Ally ponders how she will find this dream man until one day she runs into her ex, “Disgusting Donald” (Pratt). Donald used to be fat and now he is thin. Donald is engaged, but his transformation makes Ally wonder if any of her other ex’s have improved with time. She enlists her neighbor Colin (Evans) to track them all down for her. Colin is a different woman every night kind of guy, so he is sympathetic to her situation. He’s also a starving musician, so he apparently has time to help her out. One by one Ally tries to reconnect with an ex hoping for a spark that will lead to marriage.

While the premise is fairly bland, it is not terrible. What’s Your Number? had the potential to be funny, but most of the jokes fall flat. Faris has demonstrated great comic timing in the past (Scary Movie, The House Bunny), but the material doesn’t work for her here. Part of the problem is that you can either see the joke coming a mile away, or a joke is set up with no pay-off. The funniest moments are between Faris and her real life husband Pratt. Everything else is fairly predictable. Ally’s sister (Ari Graynor) is getting married, much to their perfectionist mother’s (Blythe Danner) delight. Their mom also wants Ally to get married, and she cares more about stability and money than love.

What’s Your Number? is a movie that is not really about anything. Ally is not a character she is a cliché. We’ve seen countless movies about 30-somethings who are floundering through adulthood with no career and no partner. The wrong guy, who’s really the right guy, idea has been around since pen was first put to paper. There isn’t anything new or even remotely interesting about this movie. It’s unfortunate to waste a decent cast an such uninspired material. What’s Your Number? is simply not worth the time it takes to watch it.

The Blu-ray is presented in 1080p/AVC encoded transfer. The picture quality is good, which is to be expected for a current big-budget movie. The definition is sharp, the colors are bright and realistic, and the skin tones appear natural. I wouldn’t say anything looked stunning, but there is not anything to complain about. Textures look natural, and there is no evidence of DNR or black crush. The sound is presented in DTS-HD 5.1 Master-Audio. By this movie’s own nature, there isn’t anything that really stands out as far as sound goes. Rears are used for ambient noise, which is most prominent in the outdoor and nightclub scenes. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand. As far as special features go, this film is nearly bare bones. There are a few uninteresting deleted scenes, a fairly funny gag-reel, and the theatrical trailer. All are presented in HD. Overall this is fairly standard presentation that is fine, but nothing special.

 

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About Sherry Lipp

Sherry Lipp is an entertainment and food writer who specializes in film and television reviews. She has published the gluten and grain-free cookbook Don't Skip Dessert.
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