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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lots of iffy behavior, but the two main characters do overcome an intense dislike for each other and become friends. They support each other and use teamwork to make their business flourish.
Positive Role Models
Even though the main characters have admirable characteristics, it's unlikely that parents would want their daughters to emulate this particular kind of entrepreneurial spirit.
Violence & Scariness
The main characters argue a lot; one such argument happens when one girl pees in a cup and spills it all over the other in a car.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The movie's plot revolves around a phone sex business, and there are many scenes of women performing phone sex or pretending to be sexually aroused while describing sex acts. In the first few minutes of the movie, a main character has sex with her boyfriend, though she keeps her bra on. There are sexual sounds coming from behind closed doors and strong, constant, verbal sexual innuendo/references, including a brief joke about sex with minors. Male masturbation is implied, though everything happening below the belt takes place off screen. A batch of sex toys is displayed on a coffee table.
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Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "p---y," "penis," "blow job," "ass," "breasts," "bush," "pee," "bitch," "boobs," "t-t," "a--hole," "d--k," "balls," "motherf---er," "snatch," "hell," "damn," "goddamn," "vagina," "anal," and "slut," as well as "oh my God" and "Jesus" (as exclamations).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some background smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that For a Good Time, Call... is a comedy about female friends who team up to create a successful phone sex business. Language ("s--t," "f--k," and much more) and sex are the biggest issues; though the movie doesn't show too much, there's very heavy sexual innuendo. As the main characters speak to customers, they use strong language and pretend to be sexually aroused, even though viewers can see they're only acting. There are suggestions of men masturbating, though nothing explicit is shown. Characters argue from time to time, but otherwise, the mood is light and funny, and there are actually positive themes about friendship and teamwork floating around underneath all of the crude stuff. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Making his feature debut, director Jamie Travis is content to keep FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL... at a sitcom level, set in a squeaky-clean, good-natured New York. The potentially adult material is pitched at a goofy, warm level rather than depraved (for example, a joke about a baby-voiced operator is diffused before it gets disgusting). And the two leads, though a typical Hollywood mismatch, are genuinely engaging.
While they're together in their apartment, the movie clicks, but whenever outside elements come in -- such as a customer turning into a love interest for Katie or Lauren's meddling parents visiting at all the wrong times -- the movie gets clunky and ridiculous. Additionally, silly cameos by people like Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen as sex line customers seem like needless filler. Still, co-star Miller (Rogen's real-life wife), who co-wrote the screenplay with Katie Anne Naylon, is to be commended for her attempt at girl power; hopefully her future endeavors can be a bit more daring.
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