When I say "summer movie," I'm actually not referring to some of the Hollywood summer blockbusters I love so much (what UP, "Iron Man" franchise? XOXO). Nope, I'm talking about a [slightly] raunchy comedy you can get on DVD and watch at home that will make you laugh yourself silly over a glass of whatever it is you fancy. Let me give you some examples: In 2001, that movie was "Saving Silverman." In 2004, it was the holy trinity of "Anchorman," "Dodgeball" and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle." Last summer, it was "21 Jump Street."
A couple of months ago, I Netflixed "For A Good Time, Call ..." and I LOVED it. WHERE HAS THIS MOVIE BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!?!
Remember when "Bridesmaids" came out two years ago? Or "Pitch Perfect," last year? I didn't like either of them. I was especially disappointed with "Bridesmaids" for some reason. "For A Good Time, Call ..." is everything and what I wanted both those movies to be.
If you weren't feeling the trailer, if you have a more highbrow sense of humor, or if you're expecting something over-the-top raunchy, then this movie probably isn't for you. [NOTE: I name-dropped this after my friend's bridal shower, and surprisingly, the matron of honor's super-traditional Catholic, Italian mom said she liked it. Score!] I loved it so much, I (1) watched it three times before I mailed it back to Netflix, and (2) immediately plotted how to sneak the movie into a blog post.
The answer came in the form of this China Glaze polish. There's a great scene in a nail salon with a huge rack of China Glaze polishes, and although Nasty wasn't used in the movie, its name was too perfect.
Three coats with SV.
Sure, it's a pretty basic color, but I couldn't find too many swatches of Nasty -- All You Desire's swatch is probably the best -- so I figured this would be a decent starting point for anyone who might be interested in it. :) It reminds me a lot of my favorite Deborah Lippmann, Between the Sheets (and its OPI almost-dupe, Ate Berries in the Canaries), only Nasty is more pink, less vibrant, and definitely more of a creme. It dries a little darker on the nail than its bottle color, but I think that's a top coat thing. The formula, dry time and wear on this were perfect, and I wore it for four days with no chips or tip wear. SO GOOD.
I bought my bottle at a dusty for super cheap (every time I'd go there, I'd keep picking this one up and putting it back down), but it's really easy to find online. I didn't know this until earlier in the week, but Nasty was part of the Flirt collection for Spring '05, the same collection fan favorite Spontaneous was from. The name "Nasty" in a Flirt-themed collection is just too hilarious, I have to say.
--Hilarious and hella charming, just like "For A Good Time, Call ..." It only came out last fall, but I wish I'd made more of an effort to see it! I'm a pretty enthusiastic Ari Graynor fan, so I was stoked to see her in a lead role instead of the supporting character she usually plays. Katie, her character in "For A Good Time" is a total riot, but I liked that she had depth as well as a genuine vulnerability that didn't seem forced, which some movies tend to lay on. Plus, Katie's relationship with the Mark Webber character ... oh my God. The best. (Is it me, or is Mark Webber that guy in every movie now?)
The two craziest cameos in the movie were the Kevin Smith (OH SWEET GRILLED CHEESUS) and Seth Rogen ones. At first, I didn't know how the producers had wrangled Seth Rogen until I realized he's married to the film's writer/producer/co-star, Lauren Miller. Derp. Also, Zelda, the precious King Charles spaniel in the movie? It's really their dog. :)
Oddly enough, my favorite aspect of "For A Good Time" was its depiction of female friendship, since not too many movies capture that essence and handle it successfully. The tone of the movie was not too far off from the one most contemporary, mainstream romantic comedies take; the thing "For A Good Time" did differently, though, was change its focus from romance to friendship. This approach worked well, particularly near the end, at which point I was practically in tears from laughing so hard. The end is just great -- I can't tell you enough how much truth there was in it, even if the situation in question was pretty outlandish.
If you can't grab this polish this weekend, at least check out "For A Good Time, Call ..." and report back to me. I don't think it's available on Netflix streaming, but some Redbox kiosks might have it. If you decide to watch it, I'd love to hear what you thought! I really hope someone else enjoys it as much as I did -- as soon as I have disposable income again, I'm totally buying a copy. Just promise you'll watch it sometime, okay?
Have a good weekend, and I'll check back in soon! As always, feel free to share your thoughts on this polish and your favorite summer movies -- blockbuster or comedy, whatever -- I love hearing from you. :)