Review: For A Good Time, Call…
After a pathetic fallout over a urine spillage at college, it seemed that Katie (Ari Graynor) and Lauren (Lauren Miller) had said their last goodbye, never to meet again. However, after Lauren breaks up with her boyfriend, the girls’ mutual friend, Jesse (Justin Long), suggests they move in together. Lauren soon learns her new roommate is a phone sex operator but once Lauren loses her job, she decides to join Katie and create a phone sex business. Putting their differences aside, the two form a strong friendship and a very successful company.
Written by Lauren Miller herself, ‘For a Good Time, Call…’ is unfortunately a hit and miss affair. It doesn’t have the strongest script: at times the formulaic narrative plunges the film into dull territory and dialogue that is far too familiar. However, once the raunchy and dirty talk begins there’s definitely laughs to be had. Obviously the crude nature may not be everyone’s cup of tea but the film is saved by two likeable leads delivering amusing and sexually charged dialogue.
Ari Graynor revels in the humour and is a joy to watch but Miller, although pleasant, doesn’t make the same impression and, annoyingly, both are let down by tiresome sentiment. Supporting these two lovely ladies is Justin Long, his camp performance is slightly over-the-top at times but that’s easily forgiven. Of course, you can’t go without mentioning the cameos, which features a hilarious Seth Rogen.
‘For a Good Time’ is more focused on friendship than phone sex, so despite its subject matter it isn’t as shocking as it could’ve been and ends up being rather tame.
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