Movie Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

I am going to assume that you know what you are getting into when you buy a ticket to see A Good Old Fashioned Orgy.  There is going to be an orgy.  It is probably a comedy, and it will be raunchy.  Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding, Ding!  You are correct.

The basic premise of A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is a group of thirty something friends make a weekly excursion from NYC to the Hamptons to throw some excellent themed parties.  Eric (Jason Sudeikis) is the ringleader of the group of friends.  His father (Don Johnson) owns the Hamptons house, but has decided to sell the house.  Hearing this news, Eric knows the group has to throw one hell of a theme party for their last hurrah at the house on Labor Day weekend.  Eric and his best buddy McCrudden (Tyler Labine) come up with a Kama Sutra orgy party.  The most difficult part of going with this theme is convincing the rest of the group to go along with it.  One by one, they all decide to participate, culminating in the most interesting party that none of them will forget.

Other than Eric and McCrudden, the group of friends is composed of Allison (Lake Bell), Sue (Michelle Borth), Adam (Nick Kroll), Willow (Angela Sarafyn), Laura (Lindsey Sloane), Duquez (Martin Starr), and the soon-to-be-married couple Glenn and Kate (Will Forte and Lucy Punch).  They all come from different backgrounds and careers, and I can only assume that they were friends in high school.  Leslie Bibb plays the dreaded realtor’s assistant, Kelly, and becomes a romantic interest for Eric.

I am not going to lie and say I never laughed during this movie.  There were some enjoyable bits to it, but this was far from a great comedy.  Given the word “orgy” in the title and the main focus of the film, it does come across as a crass, raunchy comedy.  It seems to be targeted toward an audience in its thirties.  It seems similar to films that I saw in my college and high school days, but the film has just increased the age of the characters and brought them into adulthood.  I could see the American Pie teens doing this movie.  Even with the older characters, the jokes stay the same and try to still gross you out.

The immaturity is still present in Eric and McCrudden.  They refuse to grow up.  The rest of the group of friends seem to have more grown up problems and more stable lives.  While these guys seem to live for the weekends in the Hamptons, the rest just welcome a respite from NYC.  I hate to delve to deeply into this movie as I know it was not meant to be a deep thought kind of experience, but I have to question how all these people are still friends.

I also have to question the career choices of Jason Sudeikis.  He seems to be on a roll of starring in stupid comedies that have not fared too well in the public or critic’s eyes.  This movie, Hall Pass, and Horrible Bosses are not great movies, and do not give him the chance to do much of any character development.   I love Sudeikis on Saturday Night Live, but I hope he branches out soon.

Based on the title of the movie, there is plenty of nakedness to be had.  There are some pretty (and not so pretty) full frontals.  Most of it comes from Eric and McCrudden venturing to a swingers gathering at a mattress store.  It would be a good decision on your part to keep your focus on Eric and McCudden and not the questionable movements in the background.  Avoid it all you can because you will squirm a little when they have a conversation with Vic George (David Koechner) mid-coitus.  Good luck.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is low brow comedy that no guys should take their dates to go see (at least your first date).   While it has some laughs and is not the worst movie I have ever seen, it is pretty much what you would expect to see with a comedy that has this title.  If you have to see it, wait for the cheap ticket times at the theatre or just add it to your Netflix queue.  And again, watch out for the swingers club scenes.

I give A Good Old Fashioned Orgy 2 “toilet seat bean dips” out of 5.

by Sarah Ksiazek

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