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For a Good Time, Call... (2012)

R | | Comedy | 2 November 2012 (UK)
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Former college frenemies Lauren and Katie move into a fabulous Gramercy Park apartment, and in order to make ends meet, the unlikely pair start a phone sex line together.

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Lauren Powell (as Lauren Anne Miller)
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Drunk Guy
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Lamp Guy
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Morty
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Adele Powell
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Scott Powell
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Sean
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Rachel Rodman
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Cabbie
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Krissy
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Jerry
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Lauren and Katie, college frenemies with a mutual good friend, move in together at age 28 in order to afford an amazing Gramercy Park apartment. The unlikely pair start a phone sex line and become best friends while learning about this hilarious world of vibrators, fake orgasms and nighttime callers. When the hot line is hung up and reality comes calling, the most meaningful relationship of their lives is put to the test. Written by anonymous

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sex | friend | phone sex | friendship | gay | See All (92) »

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Lose your hang-ups. Find your calling.

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Comedy

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Rated R for strong sexual content throughout, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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2 November 2012 (UK)  »

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American Sexy Phone  »

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$850,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$143,935 (USA) (31 August 2012)

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$1,243,961 (USA) (5 October 2012)
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The film was shot in 16 days. See more »

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While Jesse is walking on the sidewalk talking to Katie on the phone, the same extra with a green handbag can be seen twice. See more »

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Charlie: The most exciting part of the sex we that we just had was when my penis chafed by your NuvaRing.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Warm Bodies (2013) See more »

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Callin' Out
Written by Tom Shimura, Charles Berman, Alain Gagnon, Franoois Lamotot, Yves Legare & Claude Chapleau
Performed by Lyrics Born
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Crass and crude but sweet and cute, this female friendship is funny and enjoyable
29 September 2012 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Lauren (Lauren Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) have a mutual friend (Justin Long), but they hate each other. A humorous flashback scene is included to help explain their hatred. Essentially, they hate each other because they're opposites. Lauren lives the settled conservative life with her perfect, boring boyfriend; Katie is an adventurous, flamboyant sex phone operator. And now their current situations force them to become roommates.

Our ticking clock of the three-month lease sets a good, quick pace for the adventures and relationships the girls get themselves into. Lauren's sudden unemployment coupled with the good head on her shoulders sparks her idea to help Katie launch her own sex phone hotline. Cut-out the middle man and take more of the profits.

A smart move the film made was to have their business be successful right off the bat. That's because the film isn't about the phone sex hotline business but rather Lauren and Katie's friendship. Written by girls, starring girls, about girls and for girls. Earlier this summer, the male stripper movie "Magic Mike" turned into a rather nice surprise as it became a quarter-life crisis dramedy. And now the crass and crude sex comedy "For a Good Time, Call…" is actually a cute and sweet female buddy film.

While the dialogue is extreme, it is surprisingly fairly well written. It's all in context, and the vulgar and coarse sex jokes fit in extremely well with the plot. The final scene, the climax if you will, is an excellent example of keeping the sex-addled jokes funny and completely in context of the story.

A certain indie filmmaker shows up for one cameo scene where self-servicing has never been as funny. The other well-documented cameo with Seth Rogen isn't nearly as funny because it is also supposed to serve as plot advancement. Plot advancement is limited as it is very predictable and the jokes are very one-note, but it's still funny.

"For a Good Time, Call…" is honest in what it claims to be, and despite an unresolved storyline, we're cheering for Lauren and Katie by the end because of the actors and how they have connected them to us. Lauren is beautiful and sympathetic; Katie is more complex and is gorgeously displaying one of the sexiest figures to grace the screen.


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