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.
A full cast listing for the indie ensemble comedy Growing Up (and Other Lies) has been announced. Adam Brody, Amber Tamblyn, Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Josh Lawson (The Campaign), Danny Jacobs (Batman: The Dark Knight Returns), and Lauren Miller (For a Good Time, Call…) round out the cast of the film. The story centers on a 30-year-old (Lawson) “who on his last day in New York City before he moves back home to the Midwest recruits his three oldest friends to help him retrace their greatest adventure: walking the entire, 260-block length of the island of Manhattan in one day.”
Variety reports that Jacobs and Darren Grodsky (Humboldt County) are directing the pic from their own script. Production is currently underway in New York City on what sounds like a fairly promising premise with a strong ensemble cast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a couple of casting bits to bring your way tonight. First up, Gregg Sulkin (Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place) has signed on to the indie pic White Frog. The actor joins a cast that already includes Margaret Cho, Joan Chen, and B.D. Wong. According to Variety, Sulkin will play the son of a well-known lawyer who is having a difficult time in the wake of his best friend’s passing. Directed by Quentin Lee from a script by Ellie and Fabienne Wen, White Frog begins shooting next week in Los Angeles. In addition to Frog, Sulkin also has a role alongside Cary Elwes, Samantha Mathis, and Adelaide Clemens in the upcoming romance Camilla Dickinson.
Next, Ari Graynor (Whip It) and Lauren Miller (Superbad) have been cast as the leads in the indie comedy For a Good Time, Call…. Co-written by Miller with Katie Naylon, the pic tells the story of women who get the entrepreneurial itch and start a phone sex business. As is expected given the material, For a Good Time, Call… is expected to take on an R-rated tone and will begin shooting in Los Angeles next month. Per Risky Business, the film will be cameo friendly with Miller’s fiancee, Seth Rogen, being rumored for a potential role. Graynor will executive produce the pic with short-film/commercials director Jamie Travis making his feature directorial debut. Speaking of Graynor, the actress can be seen opposite Colin Hanks in the comedy Lucky which hits theaters this weekend.