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8 Reasons to See "For a Good Time, Call..."

If you liked Bridesmaids and want more lady-anchored comedy, you've got to see For a Good Time, Call...  Not only will you laugh and leave the theater feeling warm-and-fuzzy about your best girl friends, but you'll know your movie ticket supported a new crop of up-and-coming comedy writers and actors. Maybe it seems mildly ridiculous to view seeing a movie as an activist duty, but if we want more movies that showcase women in a real way, we should definitely support the women making it happen. The cast and writers of For a Good Time, Call... are great examples of the new generation of female film makers taking over Hollywood, on their own terms. When co-writers and real-life friends Lauren Anne Miller and Katie Anne Naylon couldn't get their script made through the studios, the duo took on the project themselves, shooting the film in just 16 days with the cast and crew they wanted. The project was a hit at Sundance this year and was picked up by Focus Features. The result is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud film that's more raunch-com than chick-flick and celebrates female friendship and sexuality more than the genre ever has before.  If that's not enough to get you to a theater come August 31 when the movie opens in select cities, click on for seven more reasons to support Hollywood's newest indie darlings.    
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There are laugh-out-loud moments.
Ari Graynor wears a different jumpsuit in almost every scene.
Justin Long!
It treats sex workers as...what's the word?...people.
It's actually about female friendship.
Bridesmaids
While it doesn't try to be a message film, there's a great one.
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There are laugh-out-loud moments.

“Whatever they say, I pretty much just tell them I want to lick it.”

If you’re looking for fun entertainment this is it. And not that there’s anything wrong with a film for and about women, but guys will like it too. It’s about girls talking dirty, after all.

Ari Graynor wears a different jumpsuit in almost every scene.

Girl is bringin’ back the jumpsuit! And you’ll be motivated to do squats so you too can rock a denim one. Watching this movie is practically like going to the gym.

Justin Long!

And he apparently all of his scenes were improvised. Hilarious!

It treats sex workers as...what's the word?...people.

Imagine that! The main characters are just a couple of girls who need to pay rent and want to have fun and not be boring. There’s no shame for phone-sex operators or those that call in. Everyone is just a person in the movie and it’s surprisingly refreshing.

It's actually about female friendship.

There are a lot of movies that claim to be about a couple of gal pals, but are really about destructive female competition—ahem, Bride Wars and just about every other Kate Hudson movie, for instance. But this movie is actually about the bonds of friendship. The can’t-wait-to-tell-you-everything bond, the I’m-the-best-version-of-myself-with-you-bond. Lauren and Katie totally fall in love with each other, as best friends. And the audience can feel that giddy, warm-and-fuzzy feeling that happens when you feel especially close to a girlfriend. And the dialogue actually sounds how girls talk to each other…

Bridesmaids

Yay for funny women working together! Writers Katie Anne Naylon and Lauren Anne Miller (who also stars in the movie) are friends from college who decided to write about themselves. The movie is based on not only their friendship, but Naylon’s experience of running a phone sex line out of her dorm room as a freshman virgin.

While it doesn't try to be a message film, there's a great one.

The film not only celebrates female friendship, but also female sexuality. And somehow the friendship part helps the sexuality part—kind of like real life. Both women end up finding themselves, finding strength and agency through their sexuality not so much through men but through each other. You know those delicious, hilarious conversations with your girlfriends about sex? The totally honest and graphic ones that not only bring you closer but also make you laugh and teach you something all at the same time? That’s this entire movie. The director said it best at the advanced screening of the movie in San Francisco: “The girls become the best versions of themselves through the exploration of their sexuality.”

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