Good, Bad & Ugly Review: For A Good Time Call

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56% (Critics) / 59% (Audience)
Directed By: Jamie Travis
Written By: Lauren Miller and Katie Anne Naylon
Starring: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, Justin Long
Studio: Focus Features

Synopsis: 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. (Source)

The Good:
I enjoyed the way this film attacked bawdy, sexual humor with such gusto especially when you consider that it is a film with two female leads. Ari Graynor was especially notable with the way she played the more outwardly sexual Katie. She gave a very bold and in your face performance.
The relationship that is built between the two leads was also fun to watch.
And the cameos from folks like Kevin Smith and Seth Rogan were great.

The Bad:
While the film was enjoyable it seemed to straddle the line between chuckle worthy comedy and rolling on the floor laughing comedy. While the film was very fearless in tackling the subject of sex it didn’t hit the ball out of the park with the jokes that were built from it. The only really laugh out loud moments were from Kevin Smith and Seth Rogan as guys who called the sex line.

The Ugly
There was something odd about the two ladies relationship as it progressed. For a while there it looked like they were developing romantic feelings for one another but then the film just had them declare their love in a sisterly way. It was a bit jarring to and felt like this movie had been made with the intention of these women falling love with one another but then the studio did some market testing and the audience reaction to it was unfavorable so they just switched it around to being purely platonic.

Final Verdict: A nice comedy with a very ribald spirit that never quite gets to be as fearless (in the comedic parts or the relationship between the two leads) as it could have been. It is definitely worth a rental though.

Grade: C+

2 thoughts on “Good, Bad & Ugly Review: For A Good Time Call

  1. Good review. Graynor stole the whole show in this movie and definitely deserves to get bigger roles after this. She definitely makes the movie a lot better, even if it does have some of it’s charm to it as well.


    1. She was really funny in it…I am expecting to see her in a lot more projects in the near future and not just in a thankless girlfriend role either.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.