Rated R · 86 minutes · 2012

In the back of your mind, you’ll probably feel like For a Good Time, Call … is 15 years too late. Lauren and Katie (Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor) live in New York, which can be a soul-crushing experience if you’re young and broke. So they decide to make money by launching a phone-sex line. While some of those interludes are funny (and all are necessarily raunchy), who in the hell calls phone-sex lines anymore? Isn’t that why Al Gore invented the Internet? There’s a reason for the plot, though: This is more or less the life story of Miller and her co-writer, Katie Anne Naylon, when they were starving college students. Outdated plot notwithstanding, Miller and Graynor play off each other exceptionally well, and that’s just barely enough: Most of the rest of the film is just OK.
Official Site: focusfeatures.com/for_a_good_time_call
Director: Jamie Travis
Producer: Lauren Miller, Katie Naylon, Josh Kesselman, Jenny Hinkey, Jennifer Weinbaum, Daniel Miller and Ari Graynor
Cast: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, Justin Long, Mark Webber, James Wolk, Nia Vardalos, Mimi Rogers, Don McManus, Sugar Beard, Steven Shaw, Seth Rogen, Ken Marino, Kevin Smith and Lawrence Mandley


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Creative Loafing Charlotte For a Good Time, see... Rating: **1/2 by Matt Brunson 09/14/2012

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