“We love the gays!” stars Ari Graynor and Lauren Anne Miller, out director Jamie Travis, and co-writer Katie Ann Naylon boasted in a sing-songy impromptu performance when we entered the room. Whatever exhaustion from their non-stop press junket these four may have been feeling completely vanished, leaving a palpable amount of infectious energy that’s evident in the bond they created with their new film For a Good Time, Call….
Good Time focuses on two young women, Katie and Lauren, who find themselves in the dire situation of needing each other as roommates. The hitch – their antagonistic past keeps them from initially seeing that before they gradually come to the realization that they’re really not that different after all. Oh yeah, did I mention they start a phone sex company?
Miller and Naylon, who met in college, wrote the film, which stars Graynor as Katie and Miller as Lauren. Since the characters were born from these two writers, they decided to keep the names, showcasing their personal connection to these characters. “Ari best describes [Katie] as ‘incredibly well-defended’,” Naylon shares. “I’m very outspoken and outgoing, and I hide behind my sense of humor but I’m really sensitive. We really wrote ourselves into these characters.”
“There’s definitely a shared spirit,” Graynor agrees.
Having written the script three years ago, before the box office success of Bridesmaids, Miller and Naylon knocked on so many doors to get the film made. “We had 60 meetings or something with people who would say ‘I love it so much but we can’t make it because female R-rated comedies don’t do well’,” Miller lamented. “Then someone who worked at a studio told us we didn’t want a studio to make the film because they would oversexualize it and take out the funny parts. We knew if we were going to make it happen we were going to have to make it happen for ourselves.”
Good Time is director Jamie Travis’ first full-length film. After reading the script he knew he had to be a part of the film. His sales pitch? “You don’t need a straight man making this film,” Travis joked. “When I read the script, my perspective was it was so reverent of women. This movie really is a beautiful friendship narrative. I really could see a bad version of this movie and wanted so bad to be a part so it didn’t go down this sexually gratuitous, objectifying road.”
In addition to Graynor and Miller’s hilarious performances, the film boasts some genius cameos from comedy heavy-hitters Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith and Ken Marino. “I slept with Seth,” Miller half-joked. “Seriously, he’s my husband so we were just brushing our teeth one night and he said he’d do it.”
Told you these girls were funny.
For more Good Time coverage, visit davidatlanta.com. Additional Reporting by Elijah Sarkesian. For a Good Time, Call… opens in Atlanta September 7th. You can ‘like’ the film on Facebook www.facebook.com/ForAGoodTimeCall or hashtag #GoodTimeMovie on Twitter.