Not so long ago, two girls at Florida State were roommates. One was a quiet, “Felicity” type, the other, a bold virgin who ran a phone sex line to cover college costs. A decade later, the quiet one (Lauren Miller) hit Hollywood, married Seth Rogen, and met up with her old friend (Katie Anne Naylon) to brainstorm film ideas. The result, For a Good Time, Call…, became a reality, and now the fun and foul-mouthed buddy girl comedy has hit DVD and Blu-ray. Hit the jump for our review.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am
I have a confession to make: I’ve dropped too much cash on sweet, sweet movie poster prints and frames the last month or so. In addition to my Mondo/Jock The Dark Knight Rises print (which was secured for me by my friend and fellow Collider teammate, Bill Graham), I’ve also picked up Mondo/Phantom City Creative’s The Cabin in the Woods and this little Drive gem by artist Louis Fernando Cruz all in a matter of a few weeks. While I couldn’t be any happier with my purchases (well, I could have stood to pay a little less for The Cabin in the Woods), the truth remains that I’m quickly running out of wall space and disposable income. With all of this in mind, I do have to give a big “thank you” to my wife for tolerating my plans to adorn our house with movie posters. I’ve promised her that my buying flurry will now subside. Unless, of course, someone out there has a Gallery 1988/Rhys Cooper Robocop print they want to part with on the cheap, in which case, I think I have just enough wall space and unaccounted for monies to make one last purchase.
Poster hunting aside, in this week’s edition of the Top 5, I’ve compiled for your reading pleasure our Lawless interviews with Shia LaBeouf, screenwriter/composer Nick Cave, and more, a week filled with rumors surrounding Warner Bros.’ Justice League pic, For a Good Time, Call… video interviews with Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, and more, a well deserved red-band trailer for The To Do List, and some encouraging, some not so encouraging, news from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s Robocop reboot. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
by Tommy Cook Posted: August 31st, 2012 at 10:55 am
Jamie Travis is quite an accomplished short filmmaker. His shorts – focusing on children and the angst of being ‘different’ – usually embrace a darker formalist aesthetic. Think Todd Solondz by way of Wes Anderson. (For a full sampling of his shorts work – click here) Which is why his first foray into features is so striking – For A Good Time, Call… eschews those darker formalist tendencies, in favor of a much lighter, brighter, almost bubble-gum like aesthetic. It’s a film that instead of focusing on the loneliness of children or outcasts instead concentrates on the burgeoning friendship of two twenty-something single ladies. It’s an interesting departure for the director, not so much in terms of length, but more so content and theme.
In the following interview, Travis discusses the difficulties (or lack thereof) of shifting from short films to a feature, adapting his formalist style to the heightened realism of For A Good Time Call… and his hopes to balance his darker indie sensibilities with more mainstream fare in the future. For the full interview, hit the jump.
by Tommy Cook Posted: August 30th, 2012 at 10:47 am
In For A Good Time Call…, Lauren Miller stars as Lauren Powell – one half the odd-couple roommates who venture out into the phone sex trade. Miller is the ‘Jack Lemmon’ of the duo: stuck-up, orderly, controlled – in stark contrast to Ari Graynor’s recklessly wild ‘Matthau’ Katie Steele. As is often the case in films such as these, Lauren is much more wild and indelicate than even she realizes. The film loosely based on Lauren’s actual relationship with co-writer Katie Anne Naylon, marks the actress/writer/producer’s first foray into narrative cinema. Miller had previously cut her time with very bit roles in 50/50 and Observe and Report – but For A Good Time, Call… (an obvious labor of love for Miller), marks for all intensive purposes her big-screen debut.
In the following interview with Miller, she discusses the difficulties in getting a female-driven film made, the pressures of her first big feature and what type of genre projects she would like to work on in the future. For the full interview, hit the jump.
by Tommy Cook Posted: August 29th, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Katie Anne Naylon worked as a phone-sex operator. Let’s get that out of the way upfront. From that experience, she co-wrote (alongside star Lauren Miller) the upcoming For A Good Time, Call…: a light bubble-gum comedy that fully embraces the inherent silliness to oohing and ahhing into a phone to make money. The film uses such a wanton backdrop to explore the bond and closeness of a burgeoning female friendship. Guys, for the most part, are a secondary concern in the film – voices over a phone to be exploited for their bank account. It’s a film that attempts to de-stigmatize the ‘lewdness’ of the phone-sex trade – because at the end of the day both parties come out happy, be it sexually or financially. In the eyes of the film – it’s a win-win situation.
In the following interview with Naylon, she discusses her background as a phone-sex operator, the rewriting process on For A Good Time, Call…, and her future projects in development on TV. For the full interview, hit the jump. For A Good Time, Call… opens this Friday.
by Tommy Cook Posted: August 27th, 2012 at 1:40 pm
In For A Good Time Call, Ari Graynor stars as Katie Steele – one half of the odd-couple roommates who venture out into the phone sex trade. Graynor is the ‘Walter Matthau’ of the duo: brash, loud, wild – in stark contrast to Lauren Miller’s posh stuck-up ‘Lemmon’ Lauren Powell. But underneath Katie’s façade of wild and licentious debaucheries, lurks someone far more innocent and naïve than appearances would suggest. Graynor – who has previously cut her filmography with supporting roles in comedies like Nick and Norah’s Playlist, The Sitter and Whip It, here takes center stage and more than acquits herself. Graynor’s fun, bubbly demeanor serves the lite bubble-gum comedy well and she is equally as engaged and fun to talk to in person.
In the following interview with Graynor, she discusses balancing her role as actor and producer, her creative input on the film and working with Barbara Streisand on the upcoming The Guilt Trip. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Four clips from the sex comedy For a Good Time, Call… have been released. The film centers on a pair of roommates who bond when they go into business as phone sex operators. It premiered at Sundance to a fairly positive response, with our own Matt Goldberg calling it an enjoyable little film (read his review here). Lauren Miller and Ari Graynor star as the titular roommates, but a number of actors like Seth Rogen and Kevin Smith pop up for cameos as phone sex customers.
Hit the jump to watch the clips. The film also stars Justin Long, James Wolk, and Mark Webber. For a Good Time, Call… opens in limited release on August 31st.
I thought For a Good Time, Call… was an enjoyable albeit forgettable flick that relied heavily on dirty words for laughs. The film centers on a pair of roommates who bond when they go into business as phone sex operators. The red-band trailer did a good job of summing up the plot and humor, but the new green band trailer can only deliver the plot synopsis because dirty words are the devil’s language and thus not appropriate for all audiences. I would recommend watching the red-band and green-band trailers back-to-back so you can marvel at the comparison of how bland the film looks when it can’t rely on its filthy-language hook.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film stars Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, James Wolk, and Mark Webber. For a Good Time, Call… opens in limited release on August 31st.
Focus Features has released the first trailer for For a Good Time Call…—given that the story centers on two young women (Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller) who team to up to start their own sex hotline, the trailer is red band. Matt saw the comedy at Sundance, and wasn’t especially impressed. The trailer fails to rebut Matt’s criticisms thoroughly, but Graynor and Miller appear to have a) chemistry and b) fun with the characters. That could be enough to carry a movie like this. The trailer is at the very least worth a watch for the surprise cameo at the end.
Justin Long, James Wolk, Nia Vardalos, and Mark Webber co-star in For a Good Time, Call…, directed by Jamie Travis. Hit the jump for the trailer and a new poster.
We’ve got a few release dates to share with you today. Briefly:
- Welcome to People – The directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks is dated for June 29th.
- Hick – The adaptation of Andrea Portes’ novel starring Chloe Moretz and Blake Lively hits VOD on May 8th and theaters May 11th.
- For a Good Time Call… – The Sundance comedy centering on phone sex operators opens September 14th.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Like I did last year, I had a great time at the Sundance Film Festival. It’s tough to complain about weather conditions or getting around when you have the privilege to watch and discover new movies all day. Even better, plenty of Sundance 2012 films turned out to be pretty damn good. For me, there weren’t any quite as excellent as Martha Marcy May Marlene or Project Nim from last year, but those movies set an incredibly high bar. Many of my peers felt they saw something truly special with Beasts of the Southern Wild and I can understand the love even if it didn’t hit me with as much emotional impact. Most of my peers also loved Liberal Arts and Sleepwalk With Me, and I’m sorry I missed those. But all in all, the festival ran as smoothly as last year, the volunteers (especially those in the press tent) were awesome, and it’s always a joy to hang out with people from other movie websites.
Hit the jump for my festival scorecard where you can see an organized list of my ratings for the movies I saw (although I highly encourage you to read the full review rather than just glance at a letter). While this is my wrap-up, Steve will be posting his Sundance interviews throughout the week so keep an eye out for those.
Eventually, society will accept that people saying dirty words won’t be the downfall of Western civilization. Over the past few decades, words that weren’t permissible on television have become commonplace. I believe within ten years, “fuck” will be used as casually as “ass” or “damn” on network sitcoms. In this way, For a Good Time, Call… is a trailblazer in using a sitcom-y premise and filling it up with filthy language. All of the clichés are still in place, the humor is inoffensive (unless you’re one of the vulgarity-western-downfall people), and the film provides a nice little distraction.
While the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is only a few days in, more than a few favorites are starting to emerge. Earlier today Sony Pictures Classics picked up the Rashida Jones comedy Celeste and Jesse Forever and Fox Searchlight acquired crowd-favorite The Surrogate (John Hawkes is apparently amazing in the latter). Now Fox Searchlight has made yet another high profile acquisition, as they’ve picked up U.S. rights to Benh Zeitlin’s fantastical drama Beasts of the Southern Wild. The film centers on a six-year-old on the brink of orphanhood who lives in a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world.
The pic has been picking up some serious buzz ever since its first screening. Matt called it a must-see and say it’s “a movie unlike anything you’ve seen in recent years.” You can read his full review here. Fox Searchlight plans to release the film this year. Hit the jump for acquisition news regarding the comedy For a Good Time Call… and to read the full press release regarding both films.
In September, we reported that the Sundance Film Festival would be taking its show on the road by offering a handful of festival selections to theaters across the country. Sundance has now announced the nine films that might be coming to your city provided your city is Ann Arbor, Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Houston, Nashville, Orlando, San Francisco, or Tuscon. This year’s Sundance Film Festival USA slate includes movies featuring Frank Langella, Chris Rock, Elizabeth Olsen, Vera Farmiga, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Isla Fischer, Adam Scott, and many more.
Hit the jump for the line-up and theater which each film will be playing. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 19 – 29th. All Sundance Film Festival USA screenings will take place on January 26th.
Last week, we learned what the 2012 Sundance Film Festival had lined-up in its In-Competition categories, plus the out-of-competition Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, Next <=>, and New Frontier selections. But today Sundance has announced the heavy-hitters with the “Premieres” category. That’s not to say these are the best films or the ones that will get the biggest buzz. But they’re the ones that will pack the gigantic Eccles Theater bright and early every morning.
The Premieres category will include Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer, Rodrigo Cortes‘ Red Lights, Stephen Frears‘ Lay the Favorite, James Marsh‘s Shadow Dancer, Ice-T‘s Something from Nothing: The Art of Wrap, and the Peter Jackson-produced West Memphis Three documentary, West of Memphis. There’s plenty more than these few films and you can check out the entire line-up after the jump. The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19 – 29th.