For a Good Time, Call...

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Nov 4, 2012
    60
    The dialogue, penned by Miller with Katie Anne Naylon, is subversively salty: surpassing even those Judd Apatow comedies to which it's indebted, this is almost certainly the filthiest movie ever to bear the Universal logo.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    Oct 27, 2012
    60
    All right, it's not up there with "Bridesmaids" but, thanks to a game Graynor (here channelling a young Bette Midler), a revolving door of cameos and some gloriously smutty pillow talk, For A Good Time delivers, yes, exactly that.
  3. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 30, 2012
    60
    The most adorably filthy movie you may ever see.
  4. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Aug 30, 2012
    58
    By sex line standards, For a Good Time, Call... clearly succeeds –- it starts off slow, includes plenty of dirty talk, then gives us the happy ending we came for –- but our needs are a little bit greater when it comes to good films.
  5. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Sep 6, 2012
    50
    The main distinction of this particular raunchfest, about the economic opportunities available to women in the phone-sex industry, is that it does not reconcile its slim narrative conflict with a big, fat wedding.
  6. 50
    Easily the daffiest movie you've ever seen that also references incestuous role-playing games.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Aug 30, 2012
    50
    In its way, the film is more concerned with the love between friends than the sex between strangers.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 30, 2012
    50
    Does its share of teasing, but amounts to nothing serious.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 29, 2012
    50
    The performances by Miller and Graynor are high-spirited enough that you yearn to see them in worthier material. The potential is there. If there's anything more seductive to Manhattanites than sex, it's a cheap apartment overlooking Gramercy Park.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Sep 1, 2012
    2
    Campy to a fault, For a Good Time, Call... takes an unorthodox subject, phone sex, and lays it on top of a plot which checks off every singleCampy to a fault, For a Good Time, Call... takes an unorthodox subject, phone sex, and lays it on top of a plot which checks off every single cliché in film about friendship. The two protagonists were flatter than cardboard cutouts, introduced more as caricatures than characters. The only exception was Justin Long's character who's quirkiness stole our attention every time he was on screen. A story with no struggle, and no point, dictated by the horrible soundtrack. Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2015
    7
    In recent years, the direction of female comedies has taken a turn for the better. It was always believed that a comedy, featuring a mostlyIn recent years, the direction of female comedies has taken a turn for the better. It was always believed that a comedy, featuring a mostly female cast, would only work as a buddy comedy. No one ever thought that women would ever be able to successful pull off a raunchy comedy, until Bridesmaids came along and changed all that. For A Good Time, Call... is from the same writers and producers as Bridesmaids and may even be funnier. The story begins with Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) being dumped by her long time fiancee. On her own, Lauren can't afford the upscale apartment she's been living in, and is forced to move in with Katie, a promiscuous, pill popping OCD, who she'd only met once before, at a party, where Katie threw up on her. At first, the hostility is off the charts, but when Lauren loses her dream job, she is forced to help Katie run her business, a phone sex line. This film is not for the faint of heart, as it is very raunchy, to the point of shocking even me, someone who thinks they've seen it all. While this may seem like a great thing, the truth is, as with most single themed comedies, the longer it goes, the less funny it gets. At first, seeing the things these girls were saying and the people they were talking to was hilarious, but after an hour of this film, it just really wasn't all the funny anymore. Both the female leads are terrific and they are the reason this film works. For A Good Time, Call... is very raunchy and very funny, but it has one centralized theme and doesn't deviate from it much at all. If not for the amazing young ladies who star in it, this film would have got tiresome a lot more quickly then it did. For a good time watch this movie, it's way out there, but some parts are truly hysterical. Full Review »
  3. Apr 1, 2015
    8
    FOR A GOOD TIME CALL is one of those buoyant lovely films about friendship that just totally thrill me. It's also really dirty and funny. TryFOR A GOOD TIME CALL is one of those buoyant lovely films about friendship that just totally thrill me. It's also really dirty and funny. Try to ignore the 3rd act required conflict moment and you'll love it! And Ari Graynor is sublime. Full Review »