For A Good Time, Call… [FQ13 #59]


Why I Saw It: The premise left room for a potentially awesome film. At worst, it would be fun in a “wow, this is bad” type of way.

What Was It About?  “Former college frenemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.

Rating: 7.8 out of 10

Memorable Performances: Having never remembered seeing either of the two female leads in a film before, and because their roles were entertaining, this is certainly a memorable film for Ari Graynor (the blonde pictured above) and Lauren Miller (the brunette). Though not his best role, Justin Long’s supporting character was funny enough to be memorable. There were also some memorable cameos in the film, like Seth Rogen calling into the phone sex line while in an airport bathroom, or Kevin Smith masturbating in a taxicab (with a couple interesting details I won’t spoil for you).

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:  

  • none

Favorite Parts: The aforementioned scenes with Seth Rogen and Kevin Smith were really funny, so were nearly all of the scenes with Justin Long. Some of the scenes where the ladies were on the phone were good in a just-crass-enough way.

The Regrettable Aspects: The last part of the film had some inevitability to it, but I wish they could’ve done something different.

Would I watch it again? I will at some point, because it is really entertaining, but I didn’t like it enough to own.

To Whom Would I Recommend It?  Anyone who isn’t afraid of a little crass humor should see this film. If the idea of a comedy being centered around a phone sex line intrigues you, see it.

Other Recommendations:

– THE 40 YEAR OLD VIRGIN – A really good comedy with plenty of heart and a decent amount of crass moments.

SUPERBAD – There’s considerably less crass humor here, but it’s still present, but SUPERBAD is a far more entertaining film for a variety of reasons.

– ACCEPTED – I couldn’t think of any other crass comedies to recommend, so I’ll go the Justin Long route. ACCEPTED didn’t break any new ground, but it was an entertaining way to pass an evening, which I can’t say for a lot of comedies I’ve seen.

If you’ve got recommendations for alternatives to “FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…”, or for other similar films, let me know!



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