Ari Graynor (left), Justin Long and Lauren Miller: For A Good Time, look elsewhere.
FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL… (Jamie Travis). 86 minutes. Opens Friday (August 31). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NN
For whatever reason, watching attractive women say dirty words has enough appeal to have launched a few successful businesses.
At one point, that could have been fodder for a subversive comedy, but not in a world where cable TV thrives on the seven words that used to be banned from broadcast. This story of an uptight prude (Lauren Miller) forced to live with an outgoing floozy (Ari Graynor) who teaches her the joys of female friendship and phone sex is now the stuff of sitcoms.
Despite its Sundance pedigree and supposed shock value, Jamie Travis's feature debut feels like a forgettable TV pilot that puts two wildly different girls into a crazy situation to see what happens. The leads are charming enough to give the inoffensive filth a heart, but Justin Long's wisecracking gay best friend is a comedy stereotype, while cameos by the likes of Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen as pervy customers are desperate ploys for attention.
Admittedly, it's all swiftly paced and light enough to pass the time. You'll leave feeling momentarily satisfied but ultimately ripped off, much like when using a certain phone service.