While you may think that a movie about a phone sex line would be whore-iffic, writers Lauren Miller and Katie Anne Naylon manage to deliver a truly heartwarming story of friendship, all while crafting a realistic picture of what life for the Millennial generation is like in the “real world.”
Though they have been frenemies since an unfortunate incident in college, Lauren (Lauren Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) set their differences aside in order to afford a fantastic apartment in Gramercy Park. Different circumstances have gotten them each to this point. For Katie, it’s coming to terms with her Grandma’s death, and knowing that her no-longer rent controlled apartment is a jewel that can’t be given up without a fight. For Lauren, it’s her boyfriend calling her boring and moving to Europe for the summer that prompts the search for a roommate. With a little prompting from their mutual friend Jesse (Justin Long), the girls decide to tough it out for the benefit of the other.
When Lauren loses her current job and finds herself out of reach from landing her dream job, she decides she will just dip into her savings until she can find something more stable. Luckily for Lauren, one of Katie’s many side jobs happens to be a rather lucrative business possibility, just not a particularly socially acceptable option.
While Lauren initially objects to the idea of running a phone sex line, she soon realizes that her savvy business skills could potentially deliver a huge payout. Initially, she refuses to operate the phones, and insists that they hire another operator, especially after their business experiences significant growth (honestly, these puns are just creating themselves). But, when an unexpected hiccup arises, Lauren takes it upon herself to learn the business, inside and out. From creating additional profit by sending perfume-scented panties to producing a sexy bathtub commercial, Lauren and Katie manage to create quite the booming business for themselves.
Still, just as in every relationship, life keeps trucking on, even when we least expect it. Lauren and Katie must decide how to handle their relationship when secrets come out, and when one of them makes a decision that puts the other’s livelihood at risk.
The characters in this movie are incredibly well thought out, and the fresh-faced cast delivers the hysterical lines with a delightful charisma. The culmination of stars Ari Graynor and Lauren Miller is both intoxicating and refreshing, and their vibrancy on screen provides a well-needed vacation from the formulaic romantic comedy. In addition to the two lovely ladies, the addition of Justin Long as Jesse, the girls’ mutual gay friend, was pure genius. His presence was essential in evolving the characters and moving the story along.
Miller establishes herself as a credible writer and actress, and while she utilizes husband Seth Rogan in a slightly awkward cameo, she proves that she too has some comedic chops, and can certainly stand on her own two feet. Graynor is a sassy biotch, and her character only becomes more likable as the movie goes on. Her fierce attitude as the overtly vivacious and sexual Katie is the perfect counterbalance to Lauren’s more mild and meek persona.
The humor in this movie is definitely more relatable to the Millennial crowd than those say, over 35, and while other generations will probably find it to be funny, most won’t appreciate the ingenuity and honesty that is evident in this portrayal. Personally, I loved this movie, and would definitely recommend it to anyone deserving of a good laugh, as this movie is full of them.
For A Good Time, Call…– 8/10