• R, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jamie Travis
    In Theaters:
    Aug 31, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Feb 18, 2013
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For a Good Time, Call... Reviews

David Fear
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

October 30, 2012
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
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Unfortunately Travis lacks the comedic skill and humanistic insight to make this anything more than Judd Apatow lite.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 14, 2012
Amanda Mae Meyncke
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B+

September 12, 2012
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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."

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 7, 2012
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Is it one for the ages? No. Is it a good time? Good enough.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

September 7, 2012
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film (a) is not recommended for the prudish and (b) does not live up to its title.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

September 6, 2012
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film is a wobbly attempt to follow in the stilettos of "Bridesmaids," but its tissue-sharp punch lines and undernourished characters fall woefully short.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

September 6, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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This hot-pink and leopard-print take on a familiar formula is so energetic and self-assured that it powers past its predictability.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 6, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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For a good time, don't.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

September 6, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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The confusion in For a Good Time, Call... is delightful, the phone-sex talk sweetening the vibe.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

September 3, 2012
Dana Stevens
Slate
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It's the movie's affectionate portrait of female friendship, along with Miller and Graynor's loose, playful performances, that make this whole imperfect soufflé rise as high as it does.

Full Review Source: Slate

September 1, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Unfortunately nothing here is very good.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

August 31, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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It's a showcase for writing that doesn't dazzle and a story of self-discovery that reveals no new insights.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 31, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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Adheres to those familiar, looping patterns of joy, rancor and revelation that everyone, in the age of Final Draft, have come to expect of a standard comic screenplay.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 31, 2012
Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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Boasts almost the same degree of intellectual heft, moral nuance and philosophical rigour as a sitcom.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

August 31, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Travis, making his feature debut, gets very likable performances out of his female stars.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 31, 2012
Jess Righthand
Washington Post
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Could a genuinely good, or genuinely funny, movie ever be made about two girls who operate a phone-sex line?

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 31, 2012
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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In a rare instance of truth in advertising, this movie actually is a good time.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 30, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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[It] doesn't aspire to be more than a broad, sloppy, old-fashioned sitcom with a sexy gimmick. But it is quite funny, and at the screening I attended, the loudest laughs came from young women in the audience.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It feels like a movie you've seen already - and it was better the first time around.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 30, 2012
Ella Taylor
NPR
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Have we really come a long way from chick flicks about women expressing friendship by nursing each other though divorce, cancer and other common losses, to movies in which women can only express love through a windy haze of carnal chatter?

Full Review Source: NPR

August 30, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Just like the erotic fantasies that the film's leads peddle, you don't have to buy into the central conceit to enjoy yourself.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

August 30, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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When it tires of the familiar setup and character dynamic, it delivers a minor surprise that makes both these women more interesting and complicated than they were a scene ago.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2012
Scott Bowles
USA Today
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Despite some earnest laughs and a sincere heart, Call can't seem to rise above its TV sitcom styling.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

August 30, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The most adorably filthy movie you may ever see, "For a Good Time, Call..." marks a promising feature debut for acclaimed short-film director Jamie Travis and writers Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Miller.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

August 30, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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[A] witty comic romp that isn't afraid to show its heart along with its naughty bits.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2012
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Travis keeps things moving so briskly, you find yourself not minding how by-the-numbers the story is. And then within that by-the-numbers story, there end up being enough surprises and subversive twists that you find yourself unexpectedly charmed.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 30, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I'm not objecting to the movie on grounds of taste but because it is stupid, vulgar, crass and mercilessly formulaic.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 30, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's Ari Graynor's movie - she's like Kate Hudson possessed by the spirit of Bette Midler. And all the better off for it.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

August 29, 2012
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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After establishing a sort of Odd Couple-ish character dynamic, the script cleverly subverts it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 28, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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What really hurts is seeing Jamie Travis's name attached ...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

August 28, 2012
James Rocchi
MSN Movies
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... not just smart and sexy -- which, to be honest, is rare enough in filmmaking these days -- but it's also got a great deal of humanity and humor.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 27, 2012
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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For a Good Time, Call... doesn't rise much above sitcom level in material or execution, but provides enough laughs and goodwill to be disarmingly entertaining.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Female buddy comedy makes the most of its phone-sex premise.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

January 24, 2012
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