“For a Good Time, Call…”

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This was a pretty cute movie — I did laugh out loud quite a few times.  There was more to it, plot-wise, than I had expected from the preview (I don’t see why it is called a “trailer” nowadays — they don’t trail anything, they come before the main feature and before the movie being, well, previewed — so I prefer not to use that term) and from the theater website’s description, which follows:

The reserved Lauren (played by Lauren Miller) and the irrepressible Katie (Ari Graynor) are polar opposites… and past enemies. But when both come up short on the funds needed to afford their dream New York City apartment a mutual friend (Justin Long) re-introduces them and they reluctantly agree to room together.

These apartment-mates have nothing in common, until Lauren discovers that Katie is working as a phone-sex operator, and recognizes a good business opportunity. But as their business partnership takes off, their newfound friendship finds unexpected challenges that may leave them both, as they say, hanging on the telephone.

But, the movie got surrealistic in spots — it was occasionally hard for me to maintain the willing suspension of disbelief that is so necessary to lose one’s self in fiction, either read or on-screen.   I’m not that picky, but they tried a just ittle too hard to set up the situation sometimes, or went too far in attempts to surprise their viewers.

Still, I enjoyed it — the male lead used to be on “Saturday Night Live,” I think, and he did well.  Also, the star of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” — a movie I loved! — had a small part, and she looked great.

I may have another update later, but now — I am off to the movies!

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