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For a Good Time, Call...
College ‟frenemies” Lauren and Katie move in together after losing a relationship and rent control, respectively. Sharing Katie's late grandmother's apartment in New York City, the girls bicker with each other until one fateful night, when Katie's noisy bedroom activities make Lauren barge in and discover a dirty little secret. This revelation brings them closer together, and Lauren (the brains) and Katie (the talent) concoct a wildly successful business venture. As profits swell, the girls reevaluate their hopes and dreams and realize that just because someone pees in your hair in college doesn't mean she won't be your best friend 10 years later.
Beginning as a braying, cloying comedy about two women who share an apartment and start a phone sex business, Jamie Travis's "For a Good Time, Call..." has very little going for it beyond Justin Long's hilarious friend character. On the way to its climax, however, the film becomes a refreshing study of female friendship that avoids the formulaic rom-com pitfalls that could have derailed it.
The film is colorful and brassy, loud and unsubtle, but it is a clever change of pace. With two female leads, neither of whom is relegated to quirky friend while the other becomes the romantic lead, and supporting male characters, the comedy feels fresh. The proceedings are frank and ribald, but "For a Good Time,…
Jamie Travis’ film isn’t offensively bad but it is a rather mirthless and dull comedy that never really exploits its premise in an interesting way. The film focuses on Lauren and Katie, college enemies following an incident involving a car and cup of piss, who are forced to share an apartment due to a lack of money. Lauren is up tight and career driven whilst Katie is a fun loving phone-sex worker. Strapped for cash the two agree to go into the phone-sex business together and soon are making lots of money.
I often find the term female comedy a bit of an oxymoron. That might make me sound terribly sexist but I just don’t find many women particularly funny…
A pleasant little film that tells the story of two former enemies forced by circumstances to become roommates. The girls end up running a phone sex line together.
It's not always as funny as it tries to be. But the young leads are very likable as they play off each other. One review I read described Blonde Jew Ari Graynor as "Kate Hudson with the soul of Bette Midler", and I think that about describes it. She's sassy, cute, and funny -- and I hope we see a lot more of her. Justin Long plays their gay best friend. As always, he's worth watching, as are some of the cameos trickled throughout the film.
I watched it between Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Expendables 2 during a long theater day. It made a refreshing break between Big and Loud.
I wasn't really expecting much from this, but what I did get was a refreshing and funny study of female friendship. The two leads were excellent, Justin Long's character was hilarious and the numerous cameos were a nice surprise.
The one problem I did have though was that I constantly had to lower the volume during the many phone sex scenes - my parents were downstairs while I was watching this (IT'S NOT PORN, HONEST!!!!!)
For A Good Time, Call... had all the potential to be a great indie comedy and standout of it's the genre, but unfortunately backslides for one particular reason.
I'll start with the few things I liked. The two leads Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor were very likable and generated the bubbly-ness of the whole film as well as a more grounded tone when necessary. Justin Long was hilarious. The plot concept was used fairly interestingly; it allowed the film to be raunchy as well as exploring the key theme of friendship. There were also some cameos which were nice surprises, Seth Rogen's had me chuckling.
However, the roots of the film's good aspects felt all too superficial. This was frustrating…
While never as outrageous as it tries to be, this comedy about roommates Katie and Lauren (Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller), who become partners in a phone sex business, is at least likeable. Graynor and Miller (who co-wrote the screenplay) play off each other well, and it's nice seeing a comedy that passes the Bechdel test. The movie has a sweetly positive attitude towards kink and sex workers, and the cameos by comedians like Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen and Ken Marino as callers are hilarious. For the most part, though, the movie barely inspires more than mild chuckles. The bland, sitcom-y direction by first time feature filmmaker Jamie Travis works against the performances, and there's barely enough story to fill…
An outlandish premise that was hilarious, fresh and just so much fun. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face while watching this quirky, sweet and all around an enjoyable film. Despite being fairly raunchy, at the core the story is really about friendship and wasn't just another formula rom-com. There are a lot of great cameos but the two leads do an excellent job carrying the movie, especially Ari Graynor who’s charismatic character was a riot to watch.
Is there a better feel good-movie than this?? Like seriously, if you can think of any let me know.
Ari and Lauren are awesome. It's super fun and totally a chick flick.
I enjoyed this more than expected.
I would never expect this would be as funny as it was, there were great comedy actors in this. Not too shabby.
I don't really remember too much about this but I have it on a list of movies I've watched. Apparently I found it "funny in spots", and I said there were "a few good cameos". So there's that.
Engaging characters, situations that could have been cliche but thankfully weren't, and it was funny. Very pleasant surprise.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
very funny, pretty smart, belying its fairly simplistic/crass premise
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