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What’s Your Number? A Movie Review and Social Commentary.


In 2011, a film from NEW REGENCY/CONTRAFILM productions came out with a movie called “What’s Your Number?” directed by J. Michael Muro. Over the summer I found this movie in the $5 bin at Wal-mart and decided to buy it based on two things. 1) Chris Evans is in it and 2) on the back there was a blurb that read, “Anna Faris and Chris Evans star in the outrageously funny comedy that asks: can 19 wrongs make Mr. Right? When Ally Darling(Faris) reads an article that leads her to believe she’s going to be alone forever, she begins a wild search to find the best “ex” of her life. But Ally’s quest to reconnect with her former lovers goes hilariously awry, from a puppeteer who’s more wooden than his puppet to a gynecologist with a  “spotty” memory. Through it all, Ally might just find the man of her dreams in the last place she ever expected.” 

Personally, I enjoyed this movie. It is hilariously funny,(they aren’t exaggerating) and Chris Evans definitely does not disappoint. There are many scenes where Chris Evans is shirtless, and where he is just on point with his delivery. Anna Faris is not to be dismissed either. Although I haven’t been a big fan of her previous work, she excels in this film. Of course on the tail end of things, this movie is a complete by the formula romantic comedy, but it works like that.

However at the very core is a somewhat troubling idea. The article that Ally reads is about the amount of guys women can sleep with before they aren’t “wife” material, it even goes as far as to list the national average which sends Ally into an obsessive spiral because her number is quite high.

Does the number of people you’ve slept with really matter, if you’ve been safe throughout it? No, it doesn’t! Does having intimate relations with many guys make you any less lovable? No!

At the very core of this film these questions lay, and by the end the answer is a clear and distinct. No. It doesn’t matter.

A lot of young adults worry about their “number”, and many are judged if they’ve had “too many”. Though it is more noticeable when it happens to girls it does occur with guys too. People, if the guy/girl you’re with cares about the number, get rid of them. Don’t waste your time with someone who will ultimately bring you down. As long as your safe and clean it really shouldn’t matter.

I definitely recommend this movie. 🙂





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