Friday, 14 September 2012
Girl gets dumped. Girl meets boy she hates. Girl and boy fall in love.
It sounds like the plot of every romantic comedy you've ever seen. Except for one big difference - the two that fall in love at the end are two girls.
Before we confuse you, For A Good Time, Call... isn't about a lesbian relationship. The love at the end is platonic, as two girls who hated each other become friends.
The comedy starts out with two young NYC women who have rent troubles. Lauren (Lauren Miller, also co-screenwriter) has just been dumped by her Italy-bound boyfriend for being boring, and can't afford their apartment on her own. Katie (Ari Graynor) needs a roommate for her formerly rent-controlled apartment.
When their mutual gay BFF Jesse (Justin Long) suggests they live together, the two are at first totally opposed to the idea due to an incident in college 10 years ago. But the pair end up starting their own phone sex line and becoming close.
At first glance, For A Good Time, Call... is cheesy and predictable. But the movie embraces and exploits these qualities, which is precisely what makes it so funny. There are several moments throughout the film that show how a female best-friendship can sometimes seem like a lesbian relationship.
Another plus of For A Good Time, Call... is how well it knows its audience. Instead of trying to be timeless, the movie is littered with references to everything from Grey's Anatomy to Friends. As a young New York woman myself, I appreciated their realistic depiction of broke NYC life - read: multiple jobs. And it's the only NYC movie I know of that admits how ridiculously big their apartment is.
Let's not forget some of the funniest parts of the movie - the phone sex callers! Seth Rogen, Miller's husband, makes a cameo in a more memorable call, but there are several others that feature raunchy X-rated humor.
Still, the highlight of the film is Justin Long, who shines as a stereotypical gay hipster who brings Katie and Lauren. His comments are spot-on, his outfits fantastic, and he guarantees a laugh every time he hits the screen.
All in all, For A Good Time, Call... is a treat. A light, sweet, hilarious treat.
Anyone else check out this movie? What did you think?