Saturday, September 15, 2012
For a Good Time Call...: Movie Review
For a Good Time Call....
Cast: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller
Writers: Lauren Miller, Katie Ann Naylon
Director: Jamie Travis
**'s out of four
With the internet around and the tons of free porn that it offers, how in the world can any phone sex operation have any business? Especially one that was started by two broke girls in their apartment. This looks to be set today, but the premise makes it look like it was set in the early nineties. I just can't buy someone spending $4.99 a minute just to hear some random woman (who may not even be one) have a fake orgasm. There are adult performers on-line who will put on a live show for you, for a lot less money. Still, I was able to suspend my disbelief for a bit and watch this flick. What I got was the usual tired tropes that are associated with most chick flicks.
For example, let's take a look at our two main characters. Lauren (Lauren Miller) is the typical nice girl. She is pretty straight-laced and does most things by the book. This character is also the one who usually gets dumped by her husband or boyfriend at the start of these stories. Next, we have Katie (Ari Graynor) who is the fun loving party wild child. At the start of this movie, we see that she has a stripper pole in her apartment. These two women will hate each other at first, but through their time together, they will end up discovering something new about themselves and the other person they haven't noticed before. It's a great concept, because it has worked countless other times in movies before. Both actresses do a fine job in these roles, but it's their characters that are boring and cliched. Each of them makes a significant change, but then switch back into their old ways when the story wants them to. It also features the disapproving parents (Mimi Rogers, Don McManus), the unnecessary romantic subplot boyfriend (Mark Webber), and the comedic, but helpful, gay best friend (Justin Long). The cameos from Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen give this film a lot of humor. I will rent this just for the outtakes of those scenes.
Although this movie features graphic dialogue about sex, and shows countless dildos, it never becomes that crass. In fact, the movie itself could have easily been rated PG-13 if they would have removed some of the foul language. You can hear women talking about masturbation and orgasms on most daytime talk shows anyway, so what would be so different about having it discussed in a non R rated film? Also, there was no nudity. There were two sex scenes and both times the characters had most of their clothes on. Unless it's a quickie in a car or an office broom closet, why the hell would you want to have sex at home that way?
This story was based on true accounts that writers Lauren Miller and Katie Ann Naylon were once roommates and Katie had her own phone sex operation. It's a funny story that you can tell your friends about, it doesn't mean you have to make an entire movie out of it. It almost looked like they were having more fun making this, than I was watching it. Yet their attitudes were entertaining enough that I would listen to a commentary track with them talking about this flick.