Those who are a bit prudish might want to avoid For a Good Time Call because, like the movie title implies it is a film that centers on phone sex. Therefore, from the start the film is not going to be for everyone, but for those who can take a little bit of sex in their films, it is actually a fun sexual comedy that focuses on female friendship and the fact that sexuality does play a role in the way we choose to live our lives.
A bit less intense than Carrie Bradshaw and co, For A Good Time does actually offer viewers a good time if they let it. Two college frenemies are convinced to move in together once they find themselves short on money in NYC with no foreseeable alternative. Mutual friend Justin Long convinces the two girls, uptight Lauren and party girl Katie that this is the only solution to their money problems.
However, even this is not enough to keep the duo afloat until it is revealed that Katie is actually running a phone sex line where there is some potential for real money. Lauren scoffs at the phone sex line at first positive that she will find a great job within the publishing world which is what she has graduated to pursue.
Of course, she is met with nothing but failure and eventually decides to take over the business side of the sex line. With Lauren taking care of the financials and billing and Katie running the actual sex side of the phone line it seems as if everything is going just great. Of course, they get too busy and even Lauren has to step into playing a sexy caller as well to meet demand.
Eventually Lauren gets a real offer for a job however and this threatens their lucrative business as well as her relationship with Katie because she must decide if friendship or moving forward is more important to her.
This is real the heart of the film lies, because while there are plenty great jokes and back and forth dialogue written into the script it is that age old decision of growing up and maintaining friendships that is really the main feature of the movie. Anyone that has found themselves lodged between youth and adulthood with relationships stuck somewhere in between will appreciate it.
Also impressive are the performances given by both Lauren Miller and Ari Gaynor who manage to nail down the roles perfectly and are fun to watch both in times of comedic genius and while fighting.
The movie is not a blockbuster, but it is a solidly written film and as such is worth viewing because it sets out to make a point and by the end of the comedy and the sex scenes it has managed to make a completely realistic and relatable point that will continue to resonate with audiences.