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.
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.