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SYNOPSIS: The reserved Lauren (played by Lauren Anne Miller) and the irrepressible Katie (Ari Graynor) are polar opposites... and past enemies. But when both come up short on the funds needed to afford their dream New York City apartment a mutual friend (Justin Long) re-introduces them and they reluctantly agree to room together. These apartment-mates have nothing in common - until Lauren discovers that Katie is working as a phone-sex operator, and recognizes a good business opportunity. But as their business partnership takes off, their newfound friendship finds unexpected challenges that may leave them both, as they say, hanging on the telephone.
REVIEW: Short-film director Jamie Travis and writers Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Miller really brought what I would call a prime example of the indie funny-side without the emblematic and conventional Hollywood plot lines, to this hilarious new take on female raunchy comedy. At first glance, this flick seems to simply be a vulgar comedy about phone sex and poking fun at todayís sexual innuendos. However, beneath the surface itís a warmhearted frolic about good-natured female friendship and is more about self-discovery and coming in to sexual maturity with a humorous twist, than anything else.
Lauren Anne Miller, not only co-writes and produces this comical sexually charged flick, but also plays the understated non-prissy literary editor Lauren Powell who soon finds herself kicked to the curb by her live-in boyfriend, immediately homeless, shamefully jobless and facing options that are suddenly very limited. Her character seems genuine in her approach to the changes that are taking place and gives a very sweet, girl-next-door, feel to the movie. She evolves graciously and is delightful and witty throughout the entire eighty-five minute film.
Another side to this comical trio is Ari Graynorís (The Sitter 2011) upbeat and energetic character, Katie Steel, who is irresponsibly shacking-up in the used-to-be rent-controlled flat that she inherited from her deceased grandmother. Graynorís character, also, is suddenly facing homelessness and is convinced to room with Powell. This all brought on by the urging of their mutual, meddlesome gay best friend Jesse, a ďrom-comĒ stereotype played by Justin Long who displays such gall that the character emerges as a specific central focal point of the threesome of friends and is endearing, charismatic, and funny with a no holds barred approach to the trioís relationship.
The cameo roles by Seth Rogen, Millerís soon-to-be real-life husband, and the comical Hollywood director Kevin Smith are sidesplitting to say the least. The duo play convincingly perverted, sexually deprived customers of the ď1(900)-mmm-hmmĒ party-line, in the movie and will have you laughing out loud at their antics. One of the funniest scenes is when Rogenís character suggests a phone-threesome with the girls and subjects him to some humiliating self-abuse sessions that could make the average macho man cringe.
There is nothing complex about the movie and it succeeds by emphasizing heart over humor is worthy of attention despite the sexual overtone. I truly enjoyed this film from beginning to end and would cautiously give it four out of five stars for simplicity and originality.
By Movie-Man Stan
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