Continuing on from my list of Female Coming of Age Films, I want to compile a list of interesting female…
For a Good Time, Call...
Lose your hang-ups. Find your calling.
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,…
In the DVD bonus footage, one of crew described this picture as "a girl version of the Odd Couple." Well, it's not that good, but it's still quite entertaining to see two female frenemies become BFFs, of a sort. Based on some real events in the lives of screenwriters Lauren Miller and Katie Ann Naylan, the fun comes from the juxtaposition of prim, proper, everything-planned Lauren Powell (played by Miller) and boisterous, anything-goes Katie Steele (Ari Graynor). The best chuckles are provided by Justin Long as their gay mutual friend Jesse. Miller's real-life hubby, Seth Rogen, has a small bit worth one laugh, too.
Because I watched the unrated version, I'm not sure what was cut from the theatrical version,…
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…
Ari Graynor is one of my favorite young females in Hollywood. I need more of her. Her and Lauren Miller are so damn charming and funny in this! They perfectly balance sweetness and raunchiness. The movie is infectious - I had a great time with the characters and kind of didn't want to see it end.
"You know you're not better than me. You're not better than phone sex."
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.
File under: "Dude, you knew this wouldn't be worth your time but you decided to watch it anyway"
I can't help it. Sometimes I am crippled and helpless when it comes to certain film choices, and mostly comedies. I'll watch close to any kind of movie in that genre, save for a few inevitably excruciating pieces of shit. In the case of For A Good Time, Call..., it had some minor promising credits going into it. It was co-written by and co-stars Seth Rogen's wife, Lauren Miller, who I assumed would carry some funny chops with her. Not so much. The screenplay for this film feels tired and to-the-book, and if it wasn't helped a little by some humorous cameos…
Revisiting For a Good Time, Call only confirmed my suspicions that it is a truly under-looked gem of a comedy. The perfect cast (including a handful of hilarious cameos), their perfect chemistry, and the authenticity of the story (the phone sex element is based on actual events in the life of co-writer Katie Naylon) all make for a very funny movie with loads of heart. Loads.
Bonus: Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller's real dog, The Legend of Zelda Miller-Rogen, appears as Justin Long's dog Zelda.
Considering the subject matter this is a totally inoffensive, good natured "adult" comedy. The laughs almost entirely come from the excellent, believable performances of the 2 leads.
Got a girlfriend or wife? Yeah, me too. Does she have a best friend that she goes a bit squeaky and silly with (maybe somebody she's known from school?). Get this film and say to your wife / girlfriend "this reminds me of you can ****" and then sit down and watch it with her. At it's core this movie is about 2 girls having a great time together minus any catty-ness or needing a man.
We laughed the whole way through and then my partner instantly recommended it to all her girlfriends. For a good time...watch this movie.
Being completely honest, I should tell you that I sort of laughed a little. But I don't want to be honest because it wasn't that funny after all. What's nice about this movie is the idea of girl power and the girl on girl friendship, too bad it's buried under clichés and well, I was too focused on Mark Webber's cuteness to care about the women.
comedy/ passes bechdel test
Ari Graynor is a cutie. The movie had it's funny moments but the plot felt too obvious at times.
Kinda hard to believe this was a Sundance movie. Very far from awful but...Sundance? Very funny and cute. Ari Graynor is comedy gold! She needs to be everywhere. Fun cameos too.
- The Edge of Love
- Career Girls
- Me Without You
- Connie and Carla
- Working Girl
- Mabel's Strange Predicament
- The Plastic Age
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed
- Anna Christie
Good movies written and/or directed by women, arranged by year. Will continually add more as I see them. Click "Read…
- American Reunion
- Searching for Sugar Man
- The Imposter
- Too Big to Fail
- The Girl
All re-watches are excluded.