This week's new DVD releases tackle the topics of phone sex, the Olympics and American history.
FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL..., GRADE C-PLUS: The film, a mix of 2 Broke Girls and Sex in the City, is a lot like the phone-sex operators in the film. It teases a really good time but in the end never makes a great connection.
The film, the latest in raunchy R-rated movies featuring predominantly all-female casts, throws former college foils Lauren (Lauren Miller) and Katie (Ari Graynor) together when Lauren needs a place to stay. They reluctantly put their differences behind them to live together and introduce Lauren to Katie's work-at-home phone-sex business.
There are funny moments, but the heart of this movie is the relationship between the two women. Both are likable enough to distract from a so-so script.
Considering the running time of this movie is 86 minutes, For a Good Time, Call ... is fun enough at 12 cents per minute.
TWENTY TWELVE: THE COMPLETE SERIES, GRADE B: The British series takes the workplace insanity of The Office and kicks it up 100 notches with a quirky look at the people behind the scenes of the Summer Olympics held in England.
The faux documentary follows the efforts of Hugh Bonneville, head of the Deliverance Committee, and his staff to get the city ready for the big event. The team members might have made a gold-medal effort to stage the games if they were more competent. But then they wouldn't have been as funny.
THE MEN WHO BUILT AMERICA, GRADE B-PLUS: This cable production looks at the likes of John D. Rockefeller and Henry Ford, men with the vision to forge the foundation on which this country was built. The series takes their stories beyond the stuffiness of a biography to offer deeper insights into what made these men so forward-thinking.
This works both as an informative history lesson and an entertaining look at some of America's true titans.
ALSO NEW ON DVD THIS WEEK:
END OF WATCH: Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this tale of life on the streets shown from the point of view of the patrol officers.
DEATH RACE 3: INFERNO: The fast cars are off and running again.
HANSEL & GRETEL: WARRIORS OF WITCHCRAFT: Booboo and Fivel Stewart star in this dark look at the fairy tale.
THE IMPOSTER: A 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas, in 1994.