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Type of media Film

Approved Running time 106m 4s

Release date 30/09/2011

Ratings Info Contains strong language and sex references

Genre(s) Comedy

Director(s) Mark Mylod

Cast includes Chris Evans, Anna Faris, Martin Freeman, Zachary Quinto, Aziz Ansari

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 20/09/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER? is a romantic comedy. A young woman becomes worried when she finds she's had more sexual partners than a magazine article states is 'acceptable', leading her to believe she is no longer 'marriage material'. She decides to reconnect with ex-boyfriends in the hope of finding true love without having to sleep with anyone new. The film was classified '15' for strong language and sex references.

The film contains multiple uses of strong language. These exceed the terms of the BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12 which state 'The use of strong language (for example, 'fuck') must be infrequent'. However, they are permissible at '15' where the Guidelines state 'There may be frequent use of strong language'.

There are several strong sex references in the film, which is itself all about a woman's sexual history with numerous men. These references include discussion amongst a group of female friends about how much of a man's penis needs to be inserted for it to count as 'sex' and how sleeping with 13 men is the same as having '13 different penises in one vagina'. Further strong references include the central character claiming that her 'blow jobs' are very good but that she has difficulty performing 'hand jobs'. There are also some comic comments implying that a man has slept with his own pet dog. The BBFC's Guidelines at '12A'/'12' state 'Sex references should not go beyond what is suitable for young teenagers. Frequent crude references are unlikely to be acceptable', and the sex references in the film exceed these tests. However, the remarks are not the 'strongest references' that would be unacceptable under Guidelines at '15', where 'There may be strong verbal references to sexual behaviour'.

The film also contains scenes of implied comic nudity. In one scene, a man is seen naked with either a towel or a stairway handrail obscuring his groin. In another scene, a woman visits a gynaecologist and her genitals are hidden from view by the doctor's head. There is also one brief scene of sex, shown from the waist up, as a clothed man thrusts on top of a clothed woman. There is also some moderate language including uses of 'bitch' and 'douchebag'.


20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
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