The reserved Lauren (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.
Film informationGenre: Comedy, Drama
For a Good Time, Call… is not your everyday rom-com. It has all the trappings of being one, and even has the obligatory gay friend in place, but it is completely unique in the annals of the romantic comedy genre. Not many people will see this movie and feel as though they have seen it before figuratively or literally. The movie is far from perfect, but it has enough going for it to be a sleeper hit. The key is going to be in getting the movie in front of enough pairs of eyes to get the word out. If folks see this movie, they will tell others about it for sure.
Good Time begins with Lauren (Lauren Miller who also helped to write the movie) finding out that she is losing her relationship for being too plain Jane. Being ousted from her living quarters, she then finds out that her professional life is falling apart as well. During this same time period, a gal from her past named Katie (Played deliciously by Ari Graynor) is struggling to make ends meet in a Manhattan apartment.
Though the two ladies are brought together by their aforementioned friend Jesse (Justin Long), they quickly realize that they are big time enemies. This dates back to their college days when they had a pee-spilling incident that found Lauren’s face. (Don’t ask) Despite their past, the two decide that they can help one another and they attempt to let bygones be bygones. Lauren moves in.
This is where the dynamics begin for me. These two ladies meld together on screen perfectly, although they certainly come across as an odd pairing. Katie is a loud-mouthed uninhibited wild child. Lauren is the total opposite as she tends to be a fussy, perfection chasing fogie of sorts. Despite their differences, the two become fast friends, each rubbing off on the other. This relationship will be the driving force for the rest of the movie.
Eventually, Lauren figures out how Katie is affording the insanely high rent despite hardly every working…she has a phone sex line that she operates out of her bedroom. Lauren is without a job, and it is not long before they strike up a deal to partner up and make it work big time. They launch a brand new sex line: 1-800- MMM-HMMM.
Lauren manages the business end and Katie takes care of the details on the phone. Eventually they bring in another gal and the phone calls are pouring in. Seth Rogan, Ken Marino and Kevin Smith all pitch in with cameos that will bring you to your knees if you don’t mind crude humor. Over time, Lauren learns the ropes of keeping the clients happy, and wants to try her part at talking the dirty. This leads to some genuinely funny parts of the movie.
Over time, the women fall for one another hard and become fast friends. This relationship develops like a slow burning cigar and is what drives this movie. Though the movie has plenty of other things going for it, the relationships are what make it work more than anything.
Director Jamie Travis does a fantastic job of allowing his stars to develop the script. In his feature debut, he certainly did not hold anything back. The movie is raunchy in a direct but honest way. Despite a very clear amount of competition in the rom-com arena, For a Good Time…Call is a movie that will hold up if folks give it the chance. I was impressed with the movie and found it to be fantastically entertaining and great way to spend my Friday Night.