Mylod’s new romantic comedy is little more than a filmed
advertisement for glossy women’s trend magazines. Remixing the
publishing-driven, marriage-minded focus of 27 Dresses with
casual femme raunch of Bridesmaids, What’s Your Number?
ends up setting up another, more intriguing question for opening
weekend box-office audiences: How many rote, mildly offensive
romantic comedies have we been subjected to during our lifetimes? I
understand that this query is strictly individualized based on age,
film appreciation, tolerance for having your intelligence insulted,
etc., but that’s primarily what I was trying to ascertain for
And, for the record, I have come to realize that I have no
idea what my own personal number is; even discounting the films I
have seen over the last decade as a critic and film writer, I am the
film equivalent of a slut, maybe even a massive one, so I offer my
services and experience here to say that Anna Faris and Chris Evans
do their damnedest to make the obvious situations and mind-numbing
prattle resemble something that looks and sounds like a little more
than just another tale that the fairies would roll their eyes at.
She’s funny and displays a willingness to push the joke past the
first or second laugh, and he’s got that hint of real sensitivity
to match his super pecs and abs that earned him the Captain America
mantle. But combined they can’t compensate for the overwhelming
negatives in this premise to reach zero sum. Grade: D
Opens wide Sept. 30.