There are different kinds of loneliness. In “Miss Dial” Erica (Robinne Lee) works as a customer service rep from home, and rarely finds the time to escape the four walls of her apartment. She is typical of this era of virtual existence, a telecommuter who answers calls from disgruntled customers about a seemingly endless array of products. One lady thinks a paper shredder is a potato shredder. Another lady asks if she can get “once-fried” beans instead of refried beans.
Erica is on the phone all day, but in her countless interactions with customers, she fails to make a single human connection. Erica isn’t exactly lonely, but she is seeking a life more fulfilled. She needs to broaden her horizons. When she dials a wrong number, she ends up talking to a young soldier just back from Afghanistan. It’s the deepest conversation she’s had in some time, and she’s deeply moved by what the soldier has to say.
And so she keeps dialing, cold calling people she doesn’t know, and to her surprise, has meaningful conversations with several complete strangers. Then she dials the number of Kyle (Sam Jaeger), an EMT from New York who is also looking for a connection. They have each other at hello.
What follows is a romantic comedy in the tradition of “Sleepless in Seattle,” in which the protagonists get to know each other’s voices long before they get to meet in person.
Robinne Lee is luminous in “Miss Dial” as Erica. Her smile lights up a room, and her performance is sweet, thoughtful, and relatable. Sam Jaeger as Kyle is a dreamboat who is the most memorable male lead in a romantic comedy I’ve seen in some time.
“Miss Dial” is available on Amazon, Red Box, and VOD. It’s a wonderfully entertaining independent film and ideal for a date night in. Watch it tonight!