For a Good Time, Call...

For a Good Time, Call...

Director: Jamie Travis

Cast: Jamie Travis, Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long


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Two former college rivals team up to start a lucrative business while sharing a New York apartment in this comedy from director Jamie Travis. Back in school, Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) had a love/hate relationship. Years later, Lauren is recovering…  See more details below


Two former college rivals team up to start a lucrative business while sharing a New York apartment in this comedy from director Jamie Travis. Back in school, Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) had a love/hate relationship. Years later, Lauren is recovering from a messy break-up, and Katie is living in her late grandmother's apartment when the rent control runs out. In order to avoid losing the apartment, Katie invites Lauren to move in and help out with the payments. Fate intervenes, however, when Katie becomes fed up with Lauren's boisterous bedroom antics, and learns that her new roommate has a naughty side that could earn them both some quick cash. With Lauren in charge of the business and Katie catering to the clients, the mismatched pair launch a phone-sex line that quickly proves a smashing success. Justin Long, Mark Webber, and Nia Vardalos co-star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
There's an undeniable early-'90s feel to Jamie Travis' likable comedy For a Good Time, Call…, even though it was released in 2012. The premise -- that two friends would start a successful phone-sex line -- seems thoroughly anachronistic in an age when seemingly all adult-oriented content is consumed on the Internet. On top of that, the barrage of dialogue this movie throws at you, chock-full of sardonic quips, offhand sexual details, and emotional frankness, recalls Gen X low-budget indies like Clerks or Walking and Talking. Fortunately, once it gets past its by-the-numbers setup, For a Good Time, Call… earns a place among those era-defining favorites. Co-writer and star Lauren Miller plays Lauren, an ambitious type-A personality who dreams of writing for an influential New York City magazine. She's planned out her life to achieve this goal, but in the movie's opening scene she gets dumped by her boyfriend, an event that will soon leave her homeless and jobless in the Big Apple. Ari Graynor plays Katie, a heavy-drinking party girl in need of a roommate after her beloved grandmother passes away, leaving her without the resources to cover her monthly rent. This odd couple is brought together by their mutual gay friend Jesse (Justin Long). They hate each other at first, of course, but agree to live together out of necessity. One night, Lauren overhears Katie talking dirty on the phone, and Katie confesses that she picks up some extra money working as a phone-sex operator. After Lauren runs out of work options, she presents Katie with a plan for a phone-sex business and the two become partners, which quickly blossoms into a genuine and deeply felt friendship between the two polar opposites. Ari Graynor chews the scenery in the best possible way as the extroverted Katie; she knows she has the best lines and relishes every word. It may sound woefully sexist, but it's tempting to describe her character as a dame or a broad -- like a twentysomething Chelsea Handler. Graynor is so good at being brassy and obnoxious that after the first 20 minutes of the movie you're as likely to be laughing at the character as you are hoping you never have to spend another minute around her. However, slowly but surely, Graynor allows hints of vulnerability and sweetness to shine through, and by the time we see Katie nervously anticipating an actual, in-the-flesh date with a regular caller she's starting to fall in love with, we're surprised how much we care about her. This is the kind of performance that gets an actor plenty of gigs. The screenplay by Miller and Katie Anne Naylon is peppered with one-liners that aren't always as witty as they'd like to be, but the duds never make us tune out of the film, and the pair have done a fine job of imbuing these seemingly two-dimensional stock characters with enough specificity that we buy into their friendship. Cameos from Kevin Smith, The State's Ken Marino, and Miller's real-life husband Seth Rogen as callers to the gals' service all get giant belly laughs, particularly Rogen as an airline pilot trying to get a few moments of pleasure just before he has to board a plane. For such a dialogue-heavy movie, For a Good Time, Call… knows not to overstay its welcome. Clocking in at less than 90 minutes, the film concludes with a witty chat between the two leads that slyly parodies what these two have been doing and lets the audience enjoy a genuine feel-good moment. The whole thing turns out to be a promising first feature for Travis, and a perfect coming-out party for Graynor and Miller.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Focus Features
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Deleted Scenes; A Look Inside For A Good Time, Call...; Feature Commentary

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ari Graynor Katie,Katie Steele
Lauren Anne Miller Lauren,Lauren Powell
Justin Long Jesse
Mark Webber Sean
James Wolk Charlie
Nia Vardalos Actor,Rachel Rodman
Lawrence Mandley Henry
Eddie Geller Drunk Guy
Josh Rubin Lamp Guy
Steve Shaw Morty
Mimi Rogers Adele Powell
Don McManus Scott Powell
Sugar Lyn Beard Krissy
Seth Rogen Jerry
Ken Marino Harold
Martha MacIsaac Inmate

Technical Credits
Jamie Travis Director
Ursula Camack Co-producer
Dustin J. Cardwell Art Director
Angela Demo Associate Producer,Casting
Ari Graynor Executive Producer
Nicolas Harvard Asst. Director
Evan Henke Editor
Jenny Hinkey Producer
Josh Kesselman Producer
James Laxton Cinematographer
B.J. Lehn Sound Mixer
Maya Lieberman Costumes/Costume Designer
Barbara McCarthy Casting
Lauren Anne Miller Producer,Screenwriter
Daniel M. Miller Executive Producer
Jack Nasser Executive Producer
Joe Nasser Executive Producer
Katie Anne Naylon Producer,Screenwriter
Sean Preston Art Director
Amine Ramer Musical Direction/Supervision
Branden Spencer Sound/Sound Designer
John Swihart Score Composer
Sue Tebbutt Production Designer
Michael Turner Musical Direction/Supervision
Jennifer Weinbaum Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- For a Good Time, Call...
1. Scene 1 [1:36]
2. Scene 2 [:32]
3. Scene 3 [1:02]
4. Scene 4 [3:13]
5. Scene 5 [4:09]
6. Scene 6 [2:30]
7. Scene 7 [:13]
8. Scene 8 [:44]
9. Scene 9 [5:40]
10. Scene 10 [5:46]
11. Scene 11 [2:32]
12. Scene 12 [:45]
13. Scene 13 [:48]
14. Scene 14 [1:39]
15. Scene 15 [1:06]
16. Scene 16 [3:07]
17. Scene 17 [:21]
18. Scene 18 [:44]
19. Scene 19 [2:13]
20. Scene 20 [1:48]


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