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Film: What's Your Number?

"Okay, I'm not going to sleep with one more guy until I'm sure he's the one. I may not have control over much, but I do have control over my pelvic floor. The next guy who vacations at Casa Esperanza is going to be my husband!"
Ally Darling

A 2011 rom com about Ally Darling, who, after yet another sexual partner that didn't want anything 'serious', comes across an article in a women's magazine saying that the average number of sexual partners women have had is 10.5, and women who sleep with over 20 men never find a husband. Her number? 19! Actually, wait, make that 20.

Suddenly desperate, Ally and her playboy neighbor Colin begin their search to find one of the 20 who may be "The One", so she can make him her husband without reaching the dreaded 21.

Based on the novel 20 Times A Lady by Karyn Bosnak, which was later re-released with the title 'What's Your Number' to match the film.


Tropes employed by this series are:

  • Be Yourself: Ultimately the aesop of the film — Ally realizes at Daisy's wedding that true love will let you be yourself, which is why she ends up dumping Jake.
  • The Beard: Invoked by Ally's political ex, who wants her to become his beard for his political career.
    Tom Piper: America's ready for a black president, but they're not ready for a gay black president.
  • The Big Board: Zig-Zagged. It's played for laughs when Colin makes one as part of tracking down Ally's ex, but somewhat straighter when he reveals that he learned how to make one from his dad the cop.
  • Concert Climax: A variant. Ally interrupts a band performing at a wedding in order to declare her love for the lead singer, Colin. She is able to sneak on stage by pretending to be another band member and banging a tambourine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Colin, at times.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Ally and Daisy, respectively.
  • Handsome Lech: Colin. He picks up his newspaper with just a Modesty Bedsheet and hides out in Ally's apartment to avoid one of his one night stands.
  • Innocent Swearing: Ally shouts 'fuck' in front of a group of children, who then repeat the word in confusion. A scene or two later, they're seen running around and shouting 'fuckitty-fuck!'
  • Kissing Cousins: Ally's step-cousin Bo is on her 'People I've Slept With' list.
  • Like Father, Like Daughter: Ally's dad says she's more like him than her mother.
    "You may have her looks, but you've got my rhythm, kid. And I'm afraid it's a little offbeat."
  • Morning Routine: Whenever Ally wakes up with a man she likes in her bed, she sneaks into the bathroom to brush her hair, put on mascara, and put a little toothpaste on her tongue before getting back into bed and pretending to have just woken up, so her partner won't think she's ugly in the morning.
  • New Old Flame: Invoking this trope is the whole premise of the film. In an effort to not let her sexual partner count go above twenty, Ally goes through her available exes in order to find one that's perfect for her, citing her sister Daisy's success with her husband (who was also New Old Flame).
  • The One That Got Away: Subverted with Jake, whom Ally thinks is this, but she comes to the realization that they aren't right for each other. Gerry Perry (played by [[The Lonely Island Andy Samberg) seems to think Daisy was this.
  • Really Gets Around: Ally, once she reads a magazine article about the typical number of partners and realizes she's way past that mark. Colin is far more promiscuous than she is, though, given the number of one night stands we see him have over the course of the movie.
  • Romantic False Lead: Jake Adams, Ally's ex from high school. He's handsome, charming, well-connected, runs a foundation in Africa, etc., and Ally's prim mother approves of their relationship wholeheartedly. She eventually breaks up with him because even though she considers him "perfect," they're not perfect for each other.
  • Rule of Three: Ally runs into her ex Donald three times, to his dismay.
  • Running Gag: See Rule of Three.
  • Scenery Censor: Colin. Among other things, a bannister and a guitar.
  • Sex Changes Everything: Ally freaks out shortly after sleeping with Colin, as her friends and family don't approve of him. They have a bitter fight and temporary breakup, although they get better.
  • Shirtless Scene: Colin gets plenty of these, though he and Ally share one when they play strip Horse, not too surprising since it is Chris Evans.
  • Skinny Dipping: Colin and Ally do this in the Boston Harbor. Then they realize it was a stupid idea because the water is cold.
  • Slut Shaming: A tad. Other characters clearly raise their eyebrows at Ally having slept with twenty guys.
  • Totally Radical: Ally's father, who uses things like "LOL" in conversation and tweets about the most inane things.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Tom Piper, played by Anthony Mackie, is black and gay.
  • Wake Up Make Up: Parodied. See Morning Routine above.
  • Wedding Day: The last 20 minutes of the film takes place at Ally's sister Daisy's wedding, as well as numerous other weddings throughout Boston.
  • Well Done Daughter Gal: Ally wants to find a boyfriend that'll make her mother happy. She eventually realizes that this isn't the right wayt o go about it.
  • What Did I Do Last Night?: Ally wakes up from a night of heavy drinking and partying to find, to her horror, her ex-boss pantsless in her bed, effectively making him her number 20. He's not because one of her past encounters calls her back and reveals that they didn't do anything because they were too drunk, so her ex-boss is #19 and Colin is actually #20.

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