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For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 105
Fresh: 58 | Rotten: 47

Brisk, funny, and sweetly raunchy, For a Good Time, Call... adds to the recent string of R-rated female comedies while serving as an overdue coming out party for the charming Ari Graynor.

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 15

Brisk, funny, and sweetly raunchy, For a Good Time, Call... adds to the recent string of R-rated female comedies while serving as an overdue coming out party for the charming Ari Graynor.

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The reserved Lauren and the irrepressible Katie 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 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

Feb 18, 2013

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Watching [Travis] add his kitschy touch to such a witless, faux-edgy movie can only be described as a Travis-ty.

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Unfortunately Travis lacks the comedic skill and humanistic insight to make this anything more than Judd Apatow lite.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A fun, healthy, sexy comedy that pulls no punches and focuses on a realistic female friendship and the powerful dynamic that sexuality plays in our lives.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film.com
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The film is worth seeing for the humor and for its high level of energy, but it falls short of being the "complete package."

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Is it one for the ages? No. Is it a good time? Good enough.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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The film (a) is not recommended for the prudish and (b) does not live up to its title.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's a comedy that isn't always funny as it struggles to find the right tone between raunchy and sweet. It celebrates female friendship in a way few movies do, but good intentions don't always make for a good film.

August 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

the concept was rife with possibilities that could synergize with Graynor's fresh appeal as well as her rising-star status. Neither the possibilities nor the synergy happens, mainly due to an underdeveloped story.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Sure, there's some ribald humor, and the subject matter is clearly edgy. However, it's really a sweet story of friendship wrapped in a sexy package.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

short on laughs and high on vulgarity

November 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

For a Good Time, Call... is one of those pleasant surprises sometimes experienced in the cinema when the Gods of Celluloid, reading your attendance as a sign of defeat, take pity and alchemise the material you'd braced yourself to despise.

November 5, 2012 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Tedious and repellent: avoid.

November 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

If there's one thing more annoying than the dumb mainstream sex comedy, it's the dumb mainstream sex comedy that has aspirations towards indie funk.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Colourful direction and sparky performances help make this friendship comedy watchable, although it never seems like a finished film.

November 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

The film keeps trying to be filthy and outrageous, but is actually rather timid.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

What saves this ultimately charming indie... from its inescapable sitcomishness and an over-reliance on some tired stereotypes is that it does manage genuine cuteness in a realm that has enormous potential to be icky and crude.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller are great as the sassy pair and despite a veneer of sex, in truth the film is more about friendship.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Disarmingly sweet, defending the girls' enterprise and friendship in the face of all judgment.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Transcends the more pat aspects of its story, connecting in fun fashion by sheer force of personality.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Has emotional authenticity and a decent laugh quotient, but overall enjoyment is marred by general ridiculous and unresolved sub-plots.

November 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Earns points for focusing on the central female friendship and for its refreshingly frank and breezy attitude to sex, though it's slightly let down by a late-arriving plot development that fails to fully convince.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Think American Pie (without the sight gags) meets Sex and the City (without the gloss) and you've got this, a girls-on-top comedy that's all spit and no polish.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

For A Good Time delivers, yes, exactly that.

October 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

[It] sports such a puppy-ish desire to be liked, but for a really good time, you'd be better off just watching Bridesmaids again.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

The idea that phone sex workers can turn out to be quite different than their disembodied voices imply might be worth exploring by a more earnest, diligent and engaged intelligence than whatever drove this project.

October 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for For a Good Time, Call...

Here's a movie that was an absolute surprise for me. I expected a light comedy chick flick, and what I got was a hilarious, raunchy, chick flick that guys will enjoy. It's about two girls that don't like each other and are complete opposites. One is uptight and the other is wild who works as a sex phone operator. Well, when the uptight one needs work she helps her set up her own line, 1800-mmm-hmmm. From there they balance their new friendship while running this business and living together. I didn't think this would be funny really and only watched it because I wanted to get something that I thought Emily would enjoy, and she fell asleep while I laughed my butt off. Now the movie towards the end goes full chick flick, but up until the last like 15 minutes its very funny. Has a lot of one liners("Oh your a redhead? Do you have freckles on your dick?"), and a couple great surprise cameos that I didn't expect at all. Is this a great movie that in 5 years I'm still gonna wanna watch? No, but it's definitely worth a watch for a few good laughs. Seen a lot of comedies that are a lot worse that this.
March 26, 2013
Everett Johnson

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For a Good Time, Call... was a unique, funny, clever, and shameless good time. I love when gals can get down and raunchy without shame. Besides it being a bit naughty it also had some heart. I love Ari Graynor. I think she is a funny chick. I like Justin Long as well and thought he did great at playing Jesse. Lauren Anne Miller is a new actress for me. I've never seen her in anything before. She was just OK for me. I thought Ari stole the show. I liked all the surprise callers. The movie is a lot of fun. It's silly and touching at times as well. It's a great indie comedy, one I would see again.
March 8, 2013
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This sitcom style comedy is too raunchy, over the top, and just plain not interesting enough to hold the attention of all but the least demanding comedy fans. It tries to pull off the Bridemaids style R rated film with an all female central cast, but it isn't as funny or as in touch with the characters as Bridesmaids. The story is incredibly predictable, and the last 20 minutes completely blow it thanks to the eventual fight that reeks of a storytelling mechanic and isn't believable at all after what the characters have been through. Speaking of the characters, they are kind of likable, but too quirky for me. Every single character is given that over the top comedy feel to go for the laughs, stripping it of any dramatic heft it could have had. There's some funny cameos from Seth Roger, Kevin Smith, and Nia Vardalos, though they aren't enough to make up for everything else. The central premise of the phone sex hotline, while initially kind of funny, also gets overblown and tiresome by the end. I simply cannot recommend this film.
March 2, 2013
jlewis07

Super Reviewer

Got to admit, I enjoyed this. Yes, it's silly and a bit tacky, but it is so sweet underneath all that, I don't think too many people would fail to like it even a little.
You could think of this as "2 broke girls start a sex talk line" - it is that type of humour. Mostly a girl buddy movie with innuendo and a few interesting cameos.
I had not seen either of these girls in a movie before. Ari is like a jaded Kate Hudson, Lauren, a young Liv Tyler. Both are likeable and funny onscreen.
February 24, 2013
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