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For a Good Time, Call... Review

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4.0

Dave White Profile

Phone sex: still a thing, apparently. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    55

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Does its share of teasing, but amounts to nothing serious.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Even if the film should be retitled "For a Fairly Good Time, Call ..." at least we're not back on the couch with another variation on the same old group of arrested-development young adult males, hanging on to their adolescence with as much determination as their marijuana intake allows.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter John DeFore

    A feel-good raunch-com whose dirty-talk plot comes from a convincingly female perspective instead of feeling like cut-and-paste Apatow.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    For a Good Time, Call... tells the tender tale of two roommates who team up to launch a phone-sex line. Whatever their virtues or flaws, each of these movies makes the dirtiest episode of "Sex and the City" look like Doris Day fluff.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 16 & under

Silly phone sex comedy is lighthearted but crude.

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    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.

  • rolemodels true1

    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.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: 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.

  • sex false4

    Sex: 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.

  • language false4

    Language: 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).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some background smoking.

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