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What's Your Number? Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

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1.0

Grae Drake Profile

A big ole ZERO. Read full review

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  • 2.0
    35

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Under the direction of Entourage's Mark Mylod, the movie not only makes cheap sex jokes but looks skanky, too. Lighting, camerawork, and editing are all a slapdash mess, one that further hinders the actors trying their best to get through this failed hookup of a comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The thin premise here seems better suited to a sitcom episode than a full-length feature. That's not surprising given that director Mark Mylod's résumé includes British TV comedies and "Entourage" episodes.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Mild vulgarity and discreet nudity garner the sought-after R rating, but this effort feels forced. The real "bad" here is the sheer formulaic nature of everything. There are no surprises but for once you don't much mind.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Raunchy romcom promotes double standards, stereotypes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy is definitely of the crude, hard-R variety. While there are no graphic sex scenes, there are some nearly naked shots of three characters; constant discussion of sex, positions, and history; and a few mostly clothed shots of couples in bed together. Because the conversation about sex is so candid and the accompanying language so risque (the words "f--k," "s--t," "d--k" are said frequently, as are the various euphemisms for genitalia), this isn't the kind of romantic comedy that even high school-aged teens might be ready to see. Despite the raunchy humor, there's one good message in the film: that someone should love you for who you are, no matter how many romances are in your past.

  • Families can talk about the double standard involved with this movie's premise. Would this movie even work if the protagonist were a man? Why is a woman's "number" more controversial than a man's? Is this a positive message to send young women?
  • How does the movie portray Ally's various relationships? How do they compare to her relationship with Colin? Does the fact that she and Colin are friends before they become romantic make a difference? Teens: Do you know couples who started out as friends first? What are some other movies featuring a friends-to-more story?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie has one overarching positive message -- that if you're truly in love, a person's romantic past shouldn't matter as much as your future together. There are also some valuable lessons about being yourself with the people you date and some cautionary tales about what can happen if you drink too much. The central couple shows how being friends with someone is a good basis for a relationship. On the negative side, the movie reinforces the idea that men and women should be held to different standards when it comes to sexual experience.

  • rolemodels true-1

    Role models: Although she's on a quest for love, Ally isn't a very good role model. She becomes obsessed with the "number" issue and ignores real love when faced with it because it doesn't fit in with her plan. Her mother, sister, and friends try to help but are judgmental and unkind about Ally's romantic troubles until the very end. The only understanding role model is Ally's father, who's only in two scenes. He convinces Ally to march to the beat of her own drum instead of conforming to everyone else's standards.

What to watch for
  • violence false-1

    Violence: Except for Ally's various pratfalls, there's no violence.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Ally is shown kissing, making out, having sex with or in bed next to at least five different guys. Although there's only one sex scene (the camera only shows the couple from the waist up, and they both have tops on), there are nearly naked shots of three characters, plus several instances of rear-end nudity, a glimpse of skinny dipping (although no full frontal is shown), and lots of skin-baring lingerie and pajama shots. Other couples are shown kissing or dancing. An ex who's a gynecologist only recognizes Ally during her vaginal exam. Another ex, who's gay, propositions Ally to be his beard so he can advance politically. There are also many conversations about the pros and cons of various sexual positions, what counts as penetration, oral sex performance, "back door" action, the differences between premarital and marital sex, and other, more explicit references.

  • language false4

    Language: Nearly every line of dialogue has strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "whore," "slut," "a--hole," "ass," "bulls--t," "oh my God," and more are all said frequently. Kids use the F-word in one scene.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several product placements in the movie, from Marie Claire (in which the infamous "numbers" article is published) to Apple -- Macbook, iPod -- to the Honda Fit, which Ally drives in a climactic sequence.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Ally drinks -- a lot, either with friends or alone. She gets drunk at least three times in the movie and one of those times ends up having a one-night stand she regrets. Ally and her sister's bridesmaids do shot after shot at a bar. At a wedding reception, people are shown drinking. Ally and Colin often drink beer or wine together.

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