For A Good Time, Call... - Review
Review by Rob Carnevale
IT’S tempting to write something like for a good time, don’t go and see For A Good Time, Call… but maybe that’s too obvious.
Jamie Travis’ comedy, while difficult to recommend, has its moments even though it feels like the first in a new wave of female-driven comedies that are sure to follow the success of Bridesmaids.
The premise finds uptight and freshly dumped Lauren (Lauren Miller, who co-wrote the screenplay with Katie Anne Naylon) and cash-strapped Katie (Ari Graynor) being forced by their mutual gay friend (Justin Long) to live together in upstate New York.
Initially against the idea because of a High School fallout involving split urine, the two eventually put their differences aside to start up a phone sex line business, which subsequently thrives and leads to an unlikely friendship.
For the most part, Travis’ film finds itself caught between the desire to keep things sweet and girly as well as smutty and crude. It actually works better during the former when the plotting allows for some interesting character arcs to develop.
This, in turn, allows both of the appealing leads to showcase comedic and dramatic talent and they remain the biggest reason for giving it a go.
But whenever the film attempts to come over a little more edgy (or filthy) it immediately becomes a lot more hit and miss. Big name cameos from the likes of Seth Rogen (Miller’s real-life husband) and Kevin Smith add very little (except the unwanted sight of them jerking themselves off), while a lot of the sexually frank language induces squirms.
There are some mildly amusing awkward situation comedy moments but the real comedic gold lies in the often witty banter betweeen Miller and Graynor, or Long’s acerbic put-downs.
Whether that’s enough to call in is debatable and maybe this is a film that will find its most appreciative audience on DVD. But even if the film ultimately fails to satisfy, Miller and Graynor are names to watch.
Running time: 85mins
UK Release Date: November 2, 2012