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'For a Good Time Call...' not your typical love story

Published: Friday, September 7, 2012

Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 14:09

For a Good Time, Call…
Staring Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, Justin Long
Directed by Jamie Travis
Opens Friday
Rated R

Grade: A

“For a Good Time, Call…” is a love story, just not your typical love story. Usually romantic comedies revolve around a predictable plot with two characters who are bound to fall in love, and “For a Good Time, Call…” plays with that formula.

The film follows two young women trying to find themselves in New York City and how they find each other, but this isn’t the tale of two best friends.

Lauren (Lauren Miller), an uptight aspiring publisher, ends up single and homeless in New York City after a break up, while Katie (Ari Graynor), a scrappy free spirit, is suddenly in dire need of a roommate.

Despite having a not-so-pleasant past, the two wind up living together due to desperation and the insistence of their over-the-top gay mutual friend Jesse (Justin Long).

Struggling to get along and cohabitate as it is, Lauren discovers Katie is a phone sex operator. Seeing a chance to make some money in a dire economy, Lauren teams up with Katie and mixes her business savvy with Katie’s vocal talent to run a phone sex line.

Their new business venture is just as tricky and messy as their newfound friendship, and both have plenty of bumps in the road. They appear to be polar opposites but have more in common than they realize.

“For a Good Time, Call…” is equally raunchy as it is sweet. It’s the tale of two single entrepreneurs and how they truly begin to love each other as friends while being excellent at their jobs.

The actual phone sex is hilarious and riddled with adjectives that do not belong with certain nouns. It is absolutely endearing to see Lauren unwind a bit once Katie starts to break down barriers.

The storytelling is supremely satisfying, the subject matter is honest and the dialogue is spot on. “For a Good Time, Call…” is what “Bridesmaids” could have been without Judd Apatow’s gross-out humor flair.  

Lauren and Katie’s characters are fleshed out and real. They do not depend on a man or a job to define them and are more than two-dimensional. The supporting cast is just as quick and witty as the girls, making for a hilarious story.  

There are plenty of “bromance” movies such as “I Love You, Man” and “Superbad,” so it’s refreshing to see a female version be just as funny. And guys, don’t worry, you’ll like it too.

– Ana Anguiano, College Times

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