Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What's On Netflix?: FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL...

Netflix is a great place to find random films you've never seen before, and that's what What's On Netflix? is all about.  I was sitting in bed and really wanted to watch something funny, so I began scrolling through the comedies and came across this.  I remember when this film was in theaters, but didn't really seem to have an interest in it at the time.  Which is a shame because I have to admit, I really enjoyed it.

For A Good Time, Call... tells the story of two women (Lauren and Katie) who reconnect after a very bad first impression from years ago, move in together, and start up their very own phone sex business.  It's a very unorthodox tale of love and friendship and life in general.  The film plays out sort of like a romantic comedy, with its three acts structured very similarly, however, it's not really a romance as much as a bromance (or whatever the word would be for women).

This is director Jamie Travis's one and only feature film.  Before this, he had done several short films and a documentary, and since has focused more on television, directing episodes for a number of MTV shows including Finding Carter, Scream, and Faking It.  Some of the directing at the beginning of the film was a bit rough, but as it went on, he seemed to get into a groove.  The film was written by first-time writer Katie Anne Naylon and star of the film, Lauren Miller.

Lauren and Katie were played by the very funny Lauren Miller, wife of funny-man Seth Rogen, and Ari Graynor, both of whom went on to star in the television adaptation of Bad Teacher.  The film also stars Justin Long as the girls' friend, Jesse, who, at the beginning of the film, I believed would be the shining star.  But the girls really held their own, and made me laugh so many times.  They have a great "opposites attract" kind of chemistry that really made the humor stand out, especially when they are working the phones together.

We also get to see Mimi Rogers and Don McManus as Lauren's parents, Adele and Scott, James Wolk as Lauren's ex-boyfriend Charlie, and two hilarious cameos by Seth Rogen and Kevin Smith, both of whom play customers of the girls' sex line.

This film started off a little weak to me, and I wasn't really sure if I would actually like, hence the reason I thought Justin Long would be the shining part of the film.  But it truly surprised me with how funny and witty it actually was.  Yes, it's crass.  Yes, it's vulgar.  But as long as you enjoy that kind of humor, I think you will really enjoy this one.

The Merc's Score: 7.5/10

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