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A date with an ex – Oh my!

After recently reviewing the Twentieth Century Fox film ‘What’s Your Number’, the fabulous guys at Splendid Communications asked if I might be interested in dating one of my exes, to test the theory… I figured it couldn’t hurt to go for dinner with one of my exes that I’m friendly with – All in the name of research of course!

I have to admit it took a lot of courage to pick up the phone and ask the guy that ‘wasn’t that into me, so figured that he’d ask out one of my friends’. We had been quite good friends before the whole debacle, which was nice, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to see if we still could be friends after the ‘break-up’. Of course by break-up I mean – Guy gone AWOL! Come on, we’ve all been there!

In the film, Ally, played by funny-girl Anna Faris begins to panic after reading a magazine article which insists that if a woman has slept with 20 people or more, they have already missed Mr. Right. So much so that she starts tracking down all her exes, hoping to find her real true love…

My motivations were slightly different, I didn’t want to meet up with, shall we call him Mr X (see what I did there) because I was looking for true love, as we all know I have somebody special in my life at the mo! It was to find out, if you can be amicable, even friends with someone you’ve had a relationship with, or even worse, that’s hurt you in the past.

Is it about forgiving? Is it about forgetting? Is it about just plain moving on? Well my friends, I was about to find out!

I was provided with a Merivale voucher by the lovely Natalie from Splendid Communications, to ensure that the date location and the meal was great – which quite frankly you can guarantee when you’re dining at Merivale – even if the ‘date’ is a flop, you can guarantee a good feed – tick!

I decided to lock in Mad Cow at The Ivy, I’ve never been there before, but it came with really good recommendations from all of my friends – all of whom thought I was crazy for event speaking to Mr X, never mind taking him out for a lovely dinner at The Ivy, I guess they just didn’t believe that I was looking to be ‘just friends’.

Once the restaurant had been booked, then came the hard part duh, duh duuhhhhhhhhhh – the phone call! It went something like this:

Me:    Hey, how are you?

X:        Erm, hi, erm fine thanks – everything ok?

Me:    Yeah it’s cool, I was just thinking we’ve not caught up in ages and wondered if you wanted to maybe have dinner sometime?

X:        Sure, why not – you sure everything’s ok!?

Me:    It’s fine honestly, was just chatting t the girls about when I first got to Oz and reminded me of you, figured we used to have a laugh. I figured, just because things didn’t work out between us, doesn’t mean we can’t hang out (CRINGE!!)

X:        Sure, yeah, I guess so (knob) what ya thinkin’?

–    Cue date, time, location confirmed – Two days time, 7pm STAT! Deep breath!

I told my boy about my arrangement – don’t think he was over the moon about it, but trusts me so understood – It was all in the name of research!

The date came around rather quickly and I was actually quite nervous, I wasn’t sure how I should act – I’d never been on a non-date before, especially not with an ex!

I got there at 7pm prompt, he was late – shock! We went upstairs to Mad Cow.

Mad Cow is a New York-style grill that packs a taste sensation every time. The food is fresh and consists of quality produce, all created by head chef, Christopher Whitehead.

Succulent teaks are grilled to your exact specification; Mad Cow delivers a one-of-a-kind restaurant complemented by an extensive wine list. My fave element is the informal atmosphere, there’s something for all tastes at Mad Cow – even vegetarian.

2011 SMH Good Food Guide Awards, One Hat
2011 Australian Traveller Wine List of the Year, Two Glasses
2010 Australian Hospitality Association Industry Awards, Best Steak Restaurant

Level 1, ivy 330 George Street, Sydney, 2000 Contact: +61 2 9240 3000

Back to the date in hand, it began a little awkwardly, with neither of us really knowing what to say – which is completely out of character for me, I usually can’t shut up! Once we had a glass of wine however (my old chum and inevitable ice breaker) the conversation started flowing and we began reminiscing about the days when we were backpackers without a care in the world – living on goon and $10 meals – My how times change as we each tucked into our $50 steaks!

It was actually nice and refreshing to be on a ‘date’ with no pressure. We could just be ourselves – no hidden gestures, the incessant wondering if he’s into me or the nervous giggles as I hope that he gets my ‘banter’ and doesn’t just think I’m a sarcastic b1tch!

It was quite the revelation, when you know that the date isn’t leading to anywhere and there’s no pressure – the ‘real’ you comes out. Kind of like the real you that appears at about the three month mark in a relationship! I could show him I’m a bit geeky, that I’m not always lady like and that I can in fact laugh at myself, without worrying what he thinks!

He told me that he’d actually just started dating someone and it was early days, but she was nice. Oh how nice it was to know he was saying that as a genuine piece of information and not to show me he ‘wasn’t that into me’. All once all the crap had actually been removed – the politics, the games and the chase – underneath it all we actually had a lot in common and made pretty good friends – Big revelation – I didn’t fancy him anymore – he wasn’t Mr X, I had been able to take him out of that box and put him into the friend box – genuinely!

What followed was a lovely night spent catching up with an ‘old friend’, who was now just a friend!

Suffice to say I had a lovely evening and we’re catching up soon with a group of mutual friends and I’m going to introduce him to my new fella too!

What I did find v funny is that once you take away all the politics of dating, what you should do, what you shouldn’t do and all that’s expected of you in between, you can actually be comfortable with just being you! If they don’t like you, you know what, that’s ok!

I wouldn’t ever condone getting back with an ex, you know my thoughts on the fact that if you break up, it’s for a reason. If however, you’ve moved on and there are genuinely no feelings there (and you know there are no feeling there with him) but you believe that you’ve moved on and at the base of it all was a friendship, then by all means hold out an olive branch.

It’s not to say that it will always work out, they might not be over it or have no desire to be friends – but that’s cool. If you have the realisation that you really are cool with being friends with an ex – and nothing more – you’ve moved on! And that my friend is somewhat of a big deal!

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? is a fresh and funny tale about dating, relationships and ex-boyfriends and was released on Blu-ray and DVD now.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions. The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets — from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce -throughout the world.

 

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

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FILM REVIEW** What’s your Number?!

What’s your number?!

It’s a question that should never be asked and most definitely should never be answered! I made that mistake when my beau asked me on a night out, I’ve been single for four years and am not shy about answering this (obviously, I write a blog about my dating history for goodness sake!). I made the mistake of just blurting it out, ahhh the benefit of hindsight! It’s not so much that he has a complex over it now, but every so often he makes a joke, is it in jest I hear you cry… the truth is I’m not sure…

So you can imagine how it made me stand up and pay attention when I saw that a new film is coming out on DVD and Blu-ray that depicts a woman who has slept with 20 guys and decides that her soul mate must be one of them – so then proceeds to go out with them again until she finds ‘the-one’. It got me to thinking about when I was single, and how many times I went out with an ex, to try to reignite the flame, and how many times it had actually worked – guess… Yep that’s right a BIG FAT ZERO!

The findings from a recent survey by Twentieth Century Fox found that a shocking two-thirds of Australians have attempted to get back with an ex but only 15% have succeeded!

Which left me to pose the question, with Valentine’s Day fast approaching, exactly how many Australian’s are ‘recycling’ ex-partners, as opposed to looking for brand new romance?

According to the poll*, 65% of people have tried to get back together with an ex-partner with 15% believing it was the best thing ever! The results have shown that like Ally Darling, played by Anna Faris, in the film WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? Aussies are keen to give relationships another go, in the hope of finding the ‘one’. WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? is a fresh and funny tale about dating, relationships and ex-boyfriends and is released on Blu-ray and DVD today.

 

Even if a relationship is dead and buried, it seems Australians are still reluctant to sever all ties. Just 32% of people surveyed deleted an ex on Facebook after they split up with 60% of people stating they use social media sites like Facebook, to keep a track on what their ex is up to. God love a bit of Facebook stalking hey! We’ve all been there! Don’t try and lie! Ha!

For Aussies who are still hoping to rekindle romance with an ex, Anna Faris has a few words of wisdom. “Just because you dumped him once, it doesn’t mean he belongs in the dump. Men are like grass clippings, paper bags, chicken bones and old cars… They can be useful again!” hmmm I beg to differ! Not once have I succeeded, it’s only ever reinforced my theory that if it doesn’t work once, it isn’t going to work again!

In WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? marketing executive Ally Darling (Anna Faris) begins to panic after reading a magazine article which insists that if a woman has slept with 20 people or more, they have already missed Mr. Right. With the help of her hunky new neighbour (Chris Evans) Ally starts tracking down all her exes, hoping to find her real true love, while she helps him escape his latest fling. Hilarious adventures ensue as Ally goes on her wild search for the best ‘ex’ of her life, only to find what she is looking for has been right in front of her all along.

Featuring hysterical supporting performances from Chris Pratt (Moneyball, Parks and Recreation), Joel McHale (The Soup, Community) and Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live, Hot Rod), WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? is based on the book ‘20 Times a Lady’ by Karen Bosnak. It’s also packed with laugh-out-loud bonus material including deleted scenes and gag reel, plus an even raunchier extended cut of the film not seen in cinemas!

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER? Special Features include:

●         All-new extended cut

●         Deleted scenes (additional deleted scenes on Blu-ray)

●         Gag Reel

*Poll conducted on Twentieth Century Fox Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/foxmoviesaus?sk=app_60082431253

1. Do you stalk an ex using social media?
16% – Hell to the yes!
40% – No, the past is the past.
44% -Sometimes… Who hasn’t?
7,365 votes were cast

2. Ever gotten back with an ex?
15% – Yes, best thing ever!
40% – No way Jose
45% – Yes & please remind me why?
7,108 votes were cast

3. Do you delete an ex after a break-up?
32% – Hell Yes!
21% – No, I wanna stalk!
47% – Let them suffer. I’m hot
8,244 votes were cast

Let me know if you’ve tried it, and how it turned out! I’m interested to know! In fact, all in the name of research, I’m going to go on a ‘date’ with two of my exes to see if I can tolerate them/ not want to throw a pint in their face… I’ll let you know how I go next week! (NOTE: I’m not holding my breath)

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

A recognized global industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC (TCFHE) is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming on DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD) and Digital Copy as well as acquisitions and original productions. The company also releases all products around the globe for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets — from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce -throughout the world.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC is a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company.

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