WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER?, 2011
Stars: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Ryan Phillippe, Martin Freeman, Zachary Quinto, Mike Vogel, Andy Samberg, Aziz Ansari, Joel McHale
A woman looks back at the past twenty men she's had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.
I’ve always been a fan of Anna Faris. She seems to truly understand the art of comedy performing without needing to belong to the Second City or Saturday Night Live clangs. She’s an outsider in many ways as there’s really no one that you can compare her with.
In the age where many young female actors all seem to look the same (watch any of the new TV shows in 2011 - almost all the actresses look exactly alike. I guess the Hollywood casting directors have their type! Nerd alert!), Faris is the only pretty blonde in Hollywood who stands out from the pack.. And this works as a double-edged sword for her. She gets all of the fun comedy roles because she’s really the only one who can do them, but the problem is that those films are few and far between.
Think back to 2008 and the big summer hit THE HOUSE BUNNY. This was a little film that didn’t expect to do much, especially during the Comic Book extravaganza that was that year. But the film pulled in $100 million faster that the Hulk turned into the green creature. It was another sign of over 20 signs to Hollywood that people want to see female driven movies that are about them. Something they keep ignoring because (another Nerd alert!) the male dominated executives don’t understand the opposite sex that well. So they pretend the big hits like House Bunny, The Help, Bridemaids and all Meryl Streep films don’t happen, so they can continue on with their teenage fantasy movies.
So Anna Faris showed once again that she’s a talent to be taken seriously. But in the last three years, she hasn’t been around that much while her lesser male comedy contemporaries in the Seth Rogen gang have made a combined 346 different movies. In those 3 years, Faris has done a couple of indy films, voiced in Alvin and the Chipmunks, and showed up opposite the CGI Yogi Bear in the film no one saw.
In 3 years, her manager and agent didn’t get her better roles? House Bunny made a fortune for the studios - why didn’t they jump on her success? This doesn’t make any sense.
Or maybe it does. Perhaps the problem is that there aren’t any roles for Faris. The scripts that have been written for her by various writers (and because of the WILDsound contest, I know for certain that they are out there) haven’t been bought or developed by Hollywood. It’s another long list of Hollywood bringing down the opposite sex. (Nerd alert!)
So Faris is forced to star in WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?. Mainly because she needs to keep working to get better and to also pay her mortgage (it’s not like she’s a multi-millionaire).
And this film stinks. This is a Kate Hudson castoff film and totally out of Faris’ league as a comic actor. She tries her best, but these type of gadget movies are getting just plain tiring.
So the problem now is Faris isn’t the star comedy actress that she was after House Bunny. She’s now appeared in flop movie after flop movie. So the executives can now say that she was never a star and The House Bunny was a fluke.
And none of this is her fault. Faris is like Tom Brady without an offensive line and wide receivers who keep dropping his passes. She, like Brady, can only be good when her team is good. Anna Faris is brilliant when she has a good script. But even DeNiro is a stinky actor when he’s given a poor script to work with. And the problem is that she gets blamed for working with bad material. Shame on you Hollywood.
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