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Don’t Look Up In-Movie Crisis Number Is Actually A Phone S/ex Hotline

According to a new report, the crisis phone number featured in Don't Look Up that promises "peace of mind" actually belongs to a phone se/x hotline.

Don’t Look Up’s in-movie crisis phone number is actually for a very real phone sex hotline. Premiering on Netflix on December 24 after a limited theatrical run, Don’t Look Up has proven divisive among both audiences and critics. Directed by Adam McKay, who’s known for critically-acclaimed hits like Step Brothers, The Big Short, and Vice, Don’t Look Up tells the story of two astronomers who go on a nationwide press tour after discovering a massive comet that is on its way to destroy Earth.

As the film progresses, Dr. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes a press darling of sorts, eclipsing the unpredictable and seemingly unhinged Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence). Dr. Mindy is a hit on a popular morning talk show and even goes on to appear in a state-sponsored PSA designed to calm the nerves of the increasingly-anxious American public. The PSA ends with DiCaprio’s Dr. Mindy encouraging those worried about the comet to call a phone number that appears on the screen, which he says will bring “peace of mind.”

According to a recent article from NBC News, however, the phone number that appears at the end of PSA isn’t a dummy number used just for the film, but actually the number for a phone sex hotline. The Easter egg appears to have been first discovered by several curious Twitter users who called the number and found a female voice on the other end informing them that they’ve reached “America’s hottest talk line.” Whether the phone sex hotline’s inclusion was intentional is at this point unknown.

The report also claims that NBC News called the number, but was met with an error message, meaning the business may have shut the line down due to heavy call volume from Don’t Look Up viewers. Considering how many movies and tv shows feature phone numbers on-screen, there are actually phone numbers specifically designed for Hollywood use as designated by the North American Numbering Plan Administration. Hollywood is free to use numbers from 555-0100 to 555-0199, meaning Don’t Look Up had plenty of numbers to choose from if they wanted to use one that wasn’t attached to a real business or person.

While McKay has not yet weighed in on whether the phone sex hotline’s inclusion was an intentional joke, it certainly seems likely that it was. With dozens of well-known phone numbers set aside specifically for Hollywood productions – and the fact that, of all the numbers that could’ve appeared in Don’t Look Up, the one that is featured in the film is for a phone sex hotline – it’s hard to believe there wasn’t intentionality in the decision. Of course, it is always possible that Don’t Look Up’s “peace of mind” hotline being the number for a phone sex hotline is actually just a happy (and hilarious) coincidence.

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