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.
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…
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,…
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…
Ari Graynor's pretty charismatic and cute. She's fun to watch.
A Review Haiku
I hung up mid-way.
This call just didn’t cut it.
Was hoping for more.
Dear Sarah Sprawls, Set Decorator on FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL...
Every movie asks us to believe in a unique little world. Some movies do it by grabbing you by the lapels and driving its proverbial forehead through yours. Others just sit in the corner, crying, and guilting you into asking "What's wrong?" For a Good Time, Call... dumps a bunch of brightly colored Skittles in your hands, cranks the tunes, gives you a smirk, slaps your ass, and hollers, "Let's go ride ponies!" And lo, I did believe... (CONT'D)
Not especially funny or substantive; it's merely a feature-length version of its trailer.
Lauren (Miller) and Katie (Graynor), who had a terrible first encounter back in college, move in with one another as a last resort but then become close friends when they decide to start a phone sex operation together. This movie was so much fun and revolved mostly around female friendship, which is what I am all about.
Passes the Bechdel test with flying colors but this movie is nothing to be proud of. The relationship between the two leads is pretty interesting, albeit silly, but everything else is kind of a drag. If you want to see countless scenes of semi-famous comedians pretend wanking - this is your film. Also, I have to say, someone needs to come up with Bechdel-like test for gay characters in films because Justin Long is insufferable in his role as the gay best friend.
There's not much to say about this film. It exceeds expectations, but my expectations weren't very high to begin with. Ari Gaynor is great as usual, but there's a bit more smut than heart. It's not that funny seeing famous people masturbate...but it is kinda funny.
This movie is solid indie fun that takes a lame turn in the 3rd act. I won't spoil, but I felt a character backstory was contrived and lacked commitment to character choices given throughout the rest of the film. Otherwise this movie is a fun, raunchy comedy that follows the splendid Apatow style.
I don't know why but, I decided to see this on HBO.. That being said, For a Good Time, Call... was meh. There isn't really anything special about it, the laughs are scarce and far in between, and I probably will forget this movie even existed in 15 minutes. Still while watching it, I found some enjoyment out of it but, I'll forget this call ever happened.