For a Good Time, Call...

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
For a Good Time, Call... Movie Poster Image
Silly phone sex comedy is lighthearted but crude.
  • R
  • 2012
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

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 & representations

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.


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.


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.


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).

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Some background smoking.

What 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.

User Reviews

Adult Written by915071 April 25, 2013
Parent of a 7 and 15 year old Written byParentReviewz January 21, 2013

For a Good Time, Watch This Movie!

"For a Good Time, Call..." is about two young women who start a phone-sex line, So, obviously quite a bit of sexual content is expected. Most of the c... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byStevie111 June 10, 2013

Filthy phone sex comedy

Non stop sexual dialog and content. Some strong language and implied masturbation, implied meaning waste up is seen. Very sexual, not for kids, maybe mature te...

What's the story?

When they were first introduced to each other at a party, laid-back Katie (Ari Graynor) and high-strung perfectionist Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) instantly clashed and became enemies. Now Lauren is newly single and Katie's rent has been raised, so their mutual best friend, Jesse (Justin Long), matches them up as roommates. It's a disaster ... until Lauren discovers Katie's side job as a phone sex operator. Lauren suggests ways to improve her earnings, and before long they've turned it into a successful business. At the same time, their friendship grows ever stronger. But how long can they sustain this good fortune before the other shoe drops?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about For a Good Time, Call...'s sexual content. Does it seem lewd or depraved or funny? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • Can the main characters be considered role models for starting their own business?

  • Before becoming friends, the main characters held a grudge for a long time based on an initial bad meeting. Do first impressions count that much? Is it possible to become friends with someone after a bad start?

Movie details

For kids who love strong female characters

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