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What's Your Number? (2011)
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Blu-ray Disc Released: 1/10/2012
All Ratings out of
Review by Mike Long, Posted on 1/16/2012
If you only skimmed my review forBridesmaids or perhaps didn't read it at all, then you may have missed my ultimate point -- that movie was extremely overrated. (And I can't believe that it's being nominated for major awards!) But, one good thing may have come from that movie. It may set the stage for and opened the door for a new sub-genre. We now may see more movies aimed at women which come with more of an edge when it comes to frank language and visuals. For far too long, "chick flicks" have avoided having any sort of blue material, but there's a change on the horizon, as evidenced by What's Your Number?.
Ally (Anna Faris) is not having a good day. She's been dumped by her boyfriend and she's lost her job. To make matters worse, she reads an article in Marie Claire which states that most women have had an average of 10 sexual partners and that once a woman goes beyond 20, she has little chance of finding a soulmate. Quickly doing math, Ally realizes that she's had 19 lovers. She decides that she won't be with another man until she knows that he's "the one". She then begins to wonder if one of the men that she dated in the past had been "the one", but she didn't realize it at the time. She seeks help from her shifty, womanizing neighbor Colin (Chris Evans) on this quest when she learns that his father was a cop and that he knows a lot about how to find people. Together, they begin to track down Ally's exs. Meanwhile, Ally is dealing with the turmoil created by her sister Daisy's (Ari Graynor) wedding.
What's Your Number? is a very interesting hybrid film. On the surface, this is a romantic-comedy with a very high-concept idea. We've seen this idea before in movies like Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, but I can't remember another movie where the main character wanted to examine/track down nearly 20 past loves. This gives the movie a lot of meat to work with as Ally and Colin set off on their quest. (And we get some great cameos here.) We are treated to some flashbacks and conversations between Ally and Daisy about her exs. At the same time, a flirtation is brewing between Ally and Colin. Wait a minute, you mean to tell me that in a romantic-comedy two people who initially don't like each other are going to start falling for one another? Has this ever been done before? (In case you can't tell, I'm being sarcastic.)
However, underneath all of this is a very racy comedy which justly earns its R-rating. (And things are even raunchier on the unrated "Ex-tended Edition" (get it?), which runs some 11 minutes longer.) In the first few minutes, there's a joke about sexual positions which immediately caught my attention as something a little more risky than one would normally see in a rom-com. From there, there are several moments which feel as if someone gave a Julia Roberts script to early 90s Kevin Smith and told him to go nuts. Now, we aren't talking about incredibly explicit scatological jokes here, but things do get more blue than one would see in a standard “chick flick”. Some of the jokes are simply crude, while some, such as one pertaining to male sexual preferences, as actually astute and funny. And for you ladies, there are multiple shots of a scantily clad Chris Evans. (And while we’re on that subject, there are also many scenes with Ally getting out of bed. It was like watchingGroundhog Day. I cant’ help but wonder if these multiple takes of Anna Faris in her pjs was to show off her “new figure”.)
In case you haven’t guessed by now, the issue with What's Your Number? is that it’s all over the place and never settles down. Is it a by-the-numbers rom-com or is it playful movie for adults. The movie can never seem to decide and it never truly becomes the hybrid which it wants to be. Truly funny moments will be followed by several dialogue scenes which go nowhere, and the movie feels very episodic. There’s also the fact that as the movie dwells between two worlds, it may not satisfy any audience. Those used to PG-13 romantic comedies will be bowled over by some of the dialogue here, while those who prefer R-rated indie fare will find the whole story too formulaic. Also, Faris’ brand of knock-kneed pretty by stupid slapstick isn’t for everyone. I liked that What's Your Number? took some risks and I certainly laughed a few times, but I wouldn’t rank it in my Top 20.
What's Your Number?’s great cameos were all ruined in the trailer on Blu-ray Disc courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The film has been letterboxed at 1.85:1 and the Disc carries an AVC 1080p HD transfer which runs at an average of 28 Mbps. The image is sharp and clear, showing no intrusive grain and no defects from the source material. The colors look very good, most notably reds. However, the image is notably flat, especially when one considers that this is a brand-new movie. New films on Blu-ray Disc typically have at least some notable depth, but here the picture just lays there, with little separation between the actors and the background. The Disc carries a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track which runs at 48 kHz and an average of 4.0 Mbps. The track provides clear dialogue and sound effects. The in-film music sounds very good here and a club scene spreads the music through the surround channels and delivers thumping subwoofer. The party scenes also provide good stereo effects, where we can certainly hear distinct separation between the front channels, and murmurs from the surround speakers.
The What's Your Number? Blu-ray Disc contains only a smattering of extras. The Disc offers eight DELETED SCENES which run about 17 minutes. As the extended edition is already almost 2 hours long, it's hard to believe that 17 minutes was cut out of this movie. This running time could have been lessened if they had cut out the material which shows us where these scenes would have come in the film. We get four more flashbacks here which contain some humorous material. The Disc contains a 7 minute GAG REEL. The only other extra is a THEATRICAL TRAILER for the film.
Review Copyright 2012 by Mike Long