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 "For a Good Time, Call" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

When Katie's (Ali Graynor) beautiful NYC apartment unexpectedly comes off of rent control, she finds that the only way to keep the place is to find a roommate.  Fortunately, her friend Jesse (Justin Long) has the perfect candidate in mind: his recently dumped friend Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller).  The problem with this arrangement is that Katie and Lauren had a poor first meeting back in college, so the two don't necessarily like each other.  However, for mutual interest the two decide to give things a shot.  When Lauren accidently discovers that one of Katie's side jobs is working as a phone sex operator, she sees a great business opportunity and decides to use Katie's phone skills to start up their own operation.  In the process the two ladies become best friends, but when a dream job tries to lure Lauren away things start to fall apart.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2012, Color, Rated R and Unrated, 1 Hr 25 mins and 1 Hr 28 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Ari Graynor, Lauren Anne Miller, and Justin Long
  • Director: Colin Trevorrow
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Sexual content and some toys
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

While the plot is by no means original and fairly formulaic, I really found myself enjoying this movie.  The film didn't waste much time, diving right into the developing relationship between Katie and Lauren.  Graynor and Miller had good chemistry between them, though Graynor clearly outshines her co-star in pretty much every scene.  I thought that Justin Long did a fantastic job playing the mutual friend and some of the cameo appearances (particularly Seth Rogen's) were hilarious.  I watched the "Unrated" version of the film and it appears that the only real additions were some slightly longer versions of the phone sex calls.  While some of the language is a bit coarse, this movie doesn't focus on the phone sex part of things too much, instead being more about friendship and relationships.  Definitely worth a rental. 

Technical

I really enjoyed the natural look of this film.  Colors were rich and vibrant, without any false toning applied in post-production.  Contrast was solid, though there were not many dark scenes to really test black levels or shadow detail.  The picture was sharp without any obvious edge enhancement or sharpening.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound track had no real flaws, other than being a bit subdued.  Being that this is romantic-comedy, bass and surround effects were low in level, but the sound track did show some life when the music cranked up and during scenes out on the streets of New York.  Dialogue was clear and intelligible throughout the entire film. 

Extras

This is a two-disc set with the first disc being the Blu-ray version of the film and the second disc including a DVD copy, Digital Copy, and an UltraViolet copy of the movie.  The Blu-ray disc also contains deleted scenes, a feature commentary, and a short look into the making of the film.