Director: Jamie Travis
Writers: Lauren Miller and Katie Anne Naylon
Cast: Lauren Miller, Ari Gaynor, Justin Long, Mimi Rogers, Kevin Smith, Nia Vardalos, Ken Marino and Seth Rogen
Studio: Focus Features

Frenemies from college, Lauren and Katie, are thrown together in their living arrangement and, overcoming their original dislike for each other, start a successful phone-sex business. Yet that raunchy language doesn’t shock probably because it’s so dislocated in phone lines that it loses any immediacy and sensuality.

Fast-forward a few years later, when Lauren is down and out after being dumped by her boyfriend and Katie’s apartment is about to be sold to another client if she can not pay rent. Jesse cunningly arranges for Lauren and Katie to spend the summer sharing Katie’s apartment together and reluctantly, with much contention in the air, they do. When it is learned that Katie runs a phone sex business in her home, Lauren, at first appalled, realizes that there is a boatload of money to be made in the business and decides to become Katie’s business partner when the job she wants falls through. Several filthy calls and credit cards later, Lauren wants to have her own line at the newly made 1-900-MMM-HMMM, because she feels she has gone too far in her boring, good-girl life.

The film remains one of my favorite surprises of 2012. I wasn’t expecting much from a chick flick about working a sex line, but Focus Features continues to blow me out of the water. I’ll go out on a limb and state that I can see this movie picking up a sleeper Best Original Screenplay nomination. It’s in the cards and it’s a very deserving movie. In the end, I’d recommend checking it out where you can find it.



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