“You know you’re not better than me. You’re not better than phone sex.”
— Katie Steele
Going into this movie I had no idea I would leave with such a profound sense of love and sisterhood. This is probably one of the most female celebratory films I've seen in a very long time. And it's about phone sex operators.
But... not really.
Though the film has high qualities, it being extraordinarily funny for one, what I really want to focus on is the amazing lady love that is the heart and soul of For a Good Time, Call... Believe it or not, it's not the kind of lady love that you think.
First, this movie shows women in such an incredibly powerful light. The two leads, Lauren (Lauren Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) are entrepreneurs and though they technically depend on men for their business, they were able to create a market of their own and THRIVE. Within three weeks they have already established themselves as a lucrative company all on their own. It was incredibly inspiring to see two talented (in very different ways) ladies come together and create something and be successful at it. It's amazingly horrifying that it's so rare to see that in films.
Secondly, the friendship between the two was dynamic. It was so nice to see women conversing who pass the Bechdel test with flying colours. Though both had B plotlines involving the men in their lives, Lauren's ex, who she is able to let go of and Katie's regular caller, who she is able to let in, the true love story of the film is between the women themselves. They learn to depend on each other, to support each other and to well and truly fall in love with each other the way that best friends do.
Lastly, and this is probably the part of the film that made me want to cry and jump through the screen and yell "FINALLY!" was that for all her insane, sexual bravado, it was revealed that brave, sexy Katie was a virgin. Not only do we NEVER see a beautiful, confident, sexually charged woman depicted as such but never is it explained that it wasn't because she didn't want it, it's because she feels others didn't want her. Women are, unfortunately, still cast in archaic roles that are so accurately depicted in The Breakfast Club that I will just have to quote it verbatim:
Allison Reynolds: It's kind of a double edged sword isn't it?
Claire Standish: A what?
Allison Reynolds: Well, if you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have you're a slut. It's a trap. You want to but you can't, and when you do you wish you didn't, right?
Slowly, the tides are changing, what with new characters popping up like the fantastic ex-virgin Shoshanna from my new favourite tv show Girls, but it was still so refreshing to see this character express herself so beautifully and honestly, and most of all WITHOUT ANOTHER CHARACTER JUDGING HER.
WHAT HOW COULD THIS BE? FEMALES SUPPORTING EACH OTHER????
IT'LL BE ANARCHY!
But, no. It isn't. Because sometimes, the movies get it right.
Final tally: ★★★★★