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31st August
written by Adam

Two college frienemies, Katie and Lauren (Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller), are financially forced to become roommates several years after graduation. Pressed further for cash the two discover the lucrative business of phone sex and it appears their money worries are over. But what about aspirations for other employment, hope for meaningful relationships with men, and ultimately the strength of their own friendship? Co-written by Lauren Miller and Katie Anne Naylon and Directed by Jamie Travis, the end goal looks to be a situational and semi character driven comedy akin to female raunch comedies such as Bridesmaids. And, for a freshman attempt and considering the budget they were working with, the result isn’t half bad. But, comedy is such a fickle beast, and giving an honest and convincing delivery can sometimes be a challenge, this is evident in several scenes. Part of this may be due to the fact that the crew relied more on scripted humor as opposed to improvised bits, which highlights just how difficult “strong” comedy is to come up with. Meanwhile, despite the shocking topic of phone sex, the rest of the film feels fairly rudimentary. All that being said, I’m looking forward to what this group comes up with on their next project as they hone their skill sets even more. Perhaps a matinee but really more of a rental. For a Good Time Call is rated R.

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