For A Good Time, Call

Cast: Lauren Miller, Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Mark Webber, James Wolk, Nia Vardalos, Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith

Written By: Lauren Miller, Katie Naylon

Directed By: Jamie Travis

In case you were wondering if you missed a good comedy in 2012, you probably did. This gem didn’t get a wide release, so you had to live in a major market, or wait for DVD. That’s a shame, because it’s one of the smarter comedies to come out of last year. That is, if you don’t get offended easily with in your face sexual comments. This film is definitely very frank.

Lauren (Lauren Miller) is a driven, career-oriented girl, whose boyfriend (James Wolk) doesn’t appreciate her, and they break up. This leaves Lauren with the need for a new place to live, and her gay best friend Jesse (Justin Long) has just the cure. The only problem is, his solution is Katie (Ari Graynor), a girl that Lauren has universally despised for the last 10 years after she spilled urine all over her. Katie isn’t a fan of Lauren either, as she comes off as stuck up, and a “trust fund” baby. Lauren is desperate though, and agrees to be Katie’s roommate. Soon after, Lauren discovers that Katie supplements her income by working for a 900 hotline. Lauren has the idea that Katie could just start her own hotline, and make four times the amount of money. Lauren offers her business know-how in creating a start up for Katie, and in turn dealing with all the business ends of the hotline, while Katie is the “talent”. As the business booms, the demand for more talent presents itself, and Lauren soon finds herself also taking calls, and becoming a girl she never thought she’d be: the fun one.

Lauren Miller has a quality in her comedy that reminds me of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig. I expect she’ll do very well in the coming years with the right movies. Graynor has already been making ground playing the ditzy blonde in a handful of movies, an is probably best suited for a sitcom of her own. Both ladies are good in their roles, and excellent to watch. The supporting cast all does well, but the ladies really carry the film. It’s the kind of chick flick that guys will like, along with their girls. It promotes girl power, sexual freedom, and the idea that girls don’t need men in their lives. However, it’s hilarious and crude, just like guys like in their comedies.

If you’re looking for something a little different, you know who to call.

FINAL GRADE: A-

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