After a slow start, Jamie
Travis’s comedy warms up as a post-Bridesmaids,
popcorn-feminist entertainment about New York flatmates – buttoned-down
business brain Lauren (Lauren Anne Miller) and potty-mouthed toughie Katie (Ari
Graynor) – pooling their resources to establish a massively profitable phone
sex line. The dialogue, penned by Miller with Katie Anne Naylon, is
subversively salty: surpassing even those Judd Apatow comedies to which it’s
indebted, this is almost certainly the filthiest movie ever to bear the
Universal logo. Yet what’s around it is disarmingly sweet, defending the girls’
enterprise and friendship in the face of all judgement. Suffice to say, the
Bechdel test is passed with flying colours: the podgy, pathetic men we see
phoning it in (cameos from Kevin Smith, Seth Rogen and Party Down’s Ken Marino) are there to be spoken to, not about.
Consider it 9 to 5 with dildos.