REVIEW: FOR A GOOD TIME CALL...
SYNOPSIS: Ari Graynor (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist), Lauren Anne Miller (50/50), Justin Long (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) and Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) star in this hilarious and sexy comedy. Overachiever Lauren (Miller) is suddenly on her own after her boyfriend breaks up with her. Free-spirited Katie (Graynor) is about to lose a dream apartment unless she can find a roommate. They reluctantly agree to room together even though they have nothing in common, until Lauren discovers that Katie is working as a phone-sex operator and decides to get in on a good business opportunity. But as their partnership starts bringing in the money, their newfound friendship finds unexpected challenges that may leave them both hanging on the line. Critics agree For a Good Time, Call… “slaps a smile on your face and makes it stick!” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)
FILM 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 today’s sexual innuendos. However, beneath the surface it’s 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 Graynor’s (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. Graynor’s 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 “rom-com” 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 trio’s relationship.
The cameo roles by Seth
Rogen, Miller’s 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 “1(900)-mmm-hmm” party-line, in the movie and will have you laughing out loud at their antics. One of the funniest scenes is when Rogen’s 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
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.35:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Dolby Digital in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes English
and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.35:1) 16x9
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles - English Spanish
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A Look Inside For a Good Time, Call…
Feature Commentary with Director Jamie Travis, Actress/Co-Writer/Producer Lauren Anne Miller, Actress/Executive Producer Ari Graynor, and Co-Writer/Producer Katie Anne Naylon
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