Movie review: 'For a Good Time, Call ...'

“For a Good Time, Call ...” feels like its nastiness is grafted on, that underneath all of its outré trappings of post-“Bridesmaids” brazenness, this could be a “Felicity” episode.
BY GEORGE LANG Published: September 14, 2012

Most of the laughs come from the cameos, including Miller's significant other, Seth Rogen, as a preoccupied airline pilot. As for the rest, “For a Good Time, Call ...” bides its time with off-the-rack jokes about Lauren hiding her new career from her parents (Mimi Rogers and Don McManus) and dithering over whether to forge onward with a publishing job or continue to talk dirty to men (and women). One memorable minor character, baby-voiced operator Krissy (Sugar Lyn Beard), gets an awkward exit when Miller and script collaborator Katie Ann Naylon stretch the jokes about her high-pitched lasciviousness to the straining point.

“For a Good Time, Call ...” has no great ambitions and runs on the chemistry between the comparatively modest Miller and the ultra-brassy Graynor. And like its subject matter, this comedy finishes quickly, with few surprises and a predictable ending. It is a comedy with an easy allure but not enough substance to warrant a deeper relationship.

George Lang


MOVIE REVIEW

‘For a Good Time, Call ...'

R1:262 stars

Starring: Lauren Miller, Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen, Justin Long, Mimi Rogers, Ari Graynor, Nia Vardalos.

(Strong sexual content throughout, language and some drug use)

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