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  • Summary: The reserved Lauren and the irrepressible Katie are polar opposites… and past enemies. But when both come up short on the funds needed to afford their dream New York City apartment a mutual friend re-introduces them and they reluctantly agree to room together. These apartment-mates have nothing in common – until Lauren discovers that Katie is working as a phone-sex operator, and recognizes a good business opportunity. But as their business partnership takes off, their newfound friendship finds unexpected challenges that may leave them both, as they say, hanging on the telephone. (Focus Features) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 6 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Aug 24, 2012
    The notion of a love story that's really about two women becoming friends is gimmicky, I'll grant, but Graynor and Miller are so charming together, and the movie is so focused and funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 30, 2012
    Doesn't aspire to be more than a broad, sloppy, old-fashioned sitcom with a sexy gimmick. But it is quite funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Sep 6, 2012
    It's a somewhat formulaic romp, but it's an utterly winning one.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike McCahill
    Nov 4, 2012
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Aug 30, 2012
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Aug 30, 2012
    In its way, the film is more concerned with the love between friends than the sex between strangers.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Sep 14, 2012
    Save the money you might spend for a ticket to see For a Good Time, Call... and just read a dive bar's restroom wall for free. That's the sub-level of comedy here, with a litany of crude sexual euphemisms and phallic images passed off as jokes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Jan 26, 2013
    I think the movie was hilarious making a phone-sex type of movie instead of a XXX commercial on Playboy TV. Very raunchy, more like Zach and Miri Make A Porno or Striptease. But it's sex first, candy later. I didn't see the movie, but it's worth a buy. I was wondering if Director Kevin Smith is watching in retrospect. Expand
  2. Mar 10, 2013
    This is a funny movie with a decent amount of heart. This film could have been horrible like other raunchy comedies have been over the last couple years, but it's not because of the two lead actresses along with a couple of well placed cameos. Collapse
  3. Sep 3, 2012
    Surprisingly, the writing is fresh, and Ari Graynor is at her comic best here. Don't overthink it - you know it's going to be fluffy fun, and it is. Check it out. Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2013
    I wasn't expecting much from this film, I wasn't even going to watch it but For A Good Time, Call... actually turned out to be a pretty decent comedy that put a smile on my face time and time again. Much of that is down to the subject matter, smutty raunchy sex humour will always be funny to my juvenile side. Credit needs to also be given to the leading pair, Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor. Miller (Seth Rogen's wife) co-wrote the film and Graynor is brilliantly cast as the Katie, the imposing, raunchy alpha-female masking vulnerability. I don't think the film would be as funny without her. Considering the female writing team and cast the film certainly rivals, but not quite beats, stand-out female comedy Bridesmaids.

    Justin Long plays an over the top gay friend and cameo's from Rogen and Kevin Smith are among the film's highlights.

    Short, funny and with predictable heart in the final third, For A Good Time, Call... is worth checking out.
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    "For a Good Time, Call ..." 10 Scale Rating: 6.5 (Decent) ...

    The Good: Despite it's premise and content, it was actually a charming film.
    Ari Graynor has a breakout performance and the cast as a whole does a solid job. Genuinely amusing for the most part.

    The Bad: The end is a little too tidy and very VERY rushed. It just sort of ends after dragging on for the last 20 minutes, which really brings down what was otherwise a good movie.
  6. Sep 4, 2014
    Quite an interesting premise, which unfortunately, fell a tad flat in the final act. Ari Graynor is certainly a comedienne to keep our eyes on--but certainly not amidst all this raunchiness. Expand
  7. Sep 1, 2012
    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 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. Expand

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