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A Nice Girl Like You

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A Nice Girl Like You
Film poster
Directed by
  • Chris Riedell
  • Nick Riedell
Screenplay byAndrea Marcellus
Based onPornology
by Ayn Carrillo Gailey
Produced by
  • Jina Panebianco
  • Nicholas Bogner
  • Melanie Greene
CinematographyNico Van den Berg
Edited byJeffrey J. Castelluccio
Music byAaron Zigman
  • SPR Media
  • CaliWood Pictures
  • Affirmative Entertainment
Distributed byVertical Entertainment
Release date
  • July 17, 2020 (2020-07-17)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

A Nice Girl Like You is a 2020 American romantic comedy film directed by the Riedell Brothers (Chris and Nick Riedell), from a screenplay by Andrea Marcellus, based on the 2007 memoir Pornology by Ayn Carrillo Gailey. The film stars Lucy Hale and Leonidas Gulaptis.[1][2]

The film was released video on demand on July 17, 2020, by Vertical Entertainment.


Lucy Neal disappoints her boyfriend Jeff with her lack of intimacy. While he is asleep, Lucy looks at Jeff’s laptop and finds that he watches porn. They argue this and they break up, with Jeff moving out of the apartment.

Lucy, with her string quartet, also comprising Nessa, Priscilla, and Paul, performs at a wedding, but she breaks down in the middle of it and tells them that Jeff left her because she won’t satisfy him. After some comforting and encouragement from the three, Lucy decides to make a sex list of things to improve her intimacy problems.

Lucy is at a wedding where she gets drunk and begins to yell by herself in frustration at not being able to use the word cock in a sentence. She is overheard by a wedding guest, Grant. He comes in to comfort her and helps her get back outside after some friendly chatting.

Lucy starts off with her list by watching a lot of porn at home first and also reads a very racy novel. The next morning, Nessa and Priscilla come over to help Lucy get over Jeff, but she instead invites them to go to a sex store. Lucy meets Grant there. They chat some more and Lucy finds herself attracted to the man.

The same night, Lucy joins Paul at a strip club he visits regularly. She finds herself impressed by the dancing onstage, but when she sees that all she has is a $20 bill for a tip, Lucy awkwardly tries to take change from the dancer, which gets her and Paul kicked out.

Lucy attends an event with her group to perform. She meets Grant there and he asks Lucy to dance. Later, Grant asks her out to dinner which she accepts. Lucy goes on her dinner date with Grant, and they later attend a live taping for talk show host Dr. Becker since Priscilla gave Lucy tickets. Dr. Becker’s guest is sex expert Madame Swarovska, who brings Lucy up to speak with her. She senses the lack of sexual experience in her and basically encourages Grant to show her a good time.

She meets up with Grant again where they hook up and have good sex. In the morning, Grant is put off when he sees the amount of sexual paraphernalia in her room, along with pregnancy pants that Lucy bought purely for comfort. He ends up leaving, which Lucy sees. She is embarrassed and throws away all the sex stuff.

Lucy practices for her audition. She tries but doesn’t feel at her best. She later finds that Jeff is getting married and that he wants the group to perform at the wedding. Lucy agrees.

Lucy and Paul go to a bar. Lucy’s name is signed up for a talent show, and she plays the violin. Grant finds her and they reconcile and hook back up. Grant explains that earlier he freaked out because he thought Lucy was pregnant since he saw the pregnancy pants.

Lucy gets a message that she didn't get her spot with the Philharmonic, but she doesn’t care because she’s happy with Grant. At Jeff's wedding, Lucy hires Honey, a porn star, to show up, since she knows Jeff is a fan. He freaks out, and he runs away from there to the dance floor and she thanks Honey for making Jeff freak out. Honey then goes to dance with Paul. Lucy goes back to Grant so that she can try the last thing on the list with him.


  • Lucy Hale as Lucy Neal
  • Leonidas Gulaptis as Grant Anderson
  • Jackie Cruz as Nessa Jennings
  • Mindy Cohn as Priscilla Blum
  • Adhir Kalyan as Paul Goodwin
  • Stephen Friedrich as Jeff Thayer
  • Leah McKendrick as Honey Parker
  • Tori Piskin as Annie's bride


Principal photography on the film began on October 23 and ended on November 15, 2018.[3][4]


In June 2020, Vertical Entertainment acquired distribution rights to the film and set it for a July 17, 2020, release.[5]


On Metacritic, the film has a score of 41% based on reviews from 5 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[6] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 10% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10.[7]


  1. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 5, 2018). "'Pretty Little Liars' Alum Lucy Hale To Star In 'A Nice Girl Like You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  2. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (October 29, 2018). "'A Nice Girl Like You' Sets Supporting Cast To Join Lucy Hale In Indie Rom-Com". Deadline. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  3. ^ Hale, Lucy [@lucyhale] (October 20, 2018). "Tuesday!" (Tweet). Retrieved October 23, 2018 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Hale, Lucy [@lucyhale] (November 15, 2018). "Today we wrap up A Nice Girl Like You. I'm constantly grateful for where life takes me, the stories I get to tell and for the people I get to create alongside. Thanks to everyone involved on this film and for bringing it to life" (Tweet). Retrieved November 15, 2018 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (June 12, 2020). "Lucy Hale Romantic Comedy 'A Nice Girl Like You' Picked Up By Vertical Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "A Nice Girl Like You". Metacritic. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "A Nice Girl Like You". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.

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