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November 28th, 2014

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Movie Review

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Movie ReviewIt may just be me, but it appears that Jason Sudeikis is only being cast as characters that in some way shape or form have one clearly defined obsession- sex. Or maybe it’s just all filmmakers are unsubtly trying to point our gender’s habit of focusing or constantly thinking about the subject in some way shape or form. Either way Sudeikis has found himself cast more often than not as the character who is making sexually explicit jokes, innuendoes and seeking out deviant behavior as in GOING THE DISTANCE, HORRIBLE BOSSES AND HALL PASS. In A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY he once again portrays that same type of character but with a very solid supporting cast which he has a lot of chemistry with it works a little better than it probably should this time around.

Sudeikis stars as Eric, just one of several friends whose group throws crazy Themed parties around the holiday at Eric’s dad’s vacation home. When Eric’s dad decides to sell the house Eric and his best friend McCrudden (Tyler Labine) come up with a theme that will undoubtedly be the perfect way to send off the years of crazy parties- an orgy. Eric pitches the idea to his friends- selling it as an intimate send off with their close group of friends only and not everyone is as thrilled about it as they are. After a while the theme is accepted by each of them and they spend time preparing everything they need for the party which they will throw on Labor Day weekend. Each of them have jitters before the party takes place as they struggle with the idea of introducing sex within their tight knit group of friends and the possible consequences it can carry.

The cast of A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY is the strongest thing working in the film’s favor. Each person has a distinct and different personality and it adds to the interesting interactions between them especially when the big moment approaches. The biggest winner in the movie for me is Tyler Labine, who I easily recognized from his great turn in TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL but some might recognize from small parts in movies like ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO and more recently RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES- Labine also had a role in the TV series Reaper. Labine is probably the funniest character in the movie- often playing the bumbling sidekick of Sudeikis’ character and the butt of many jokes within the group. His character is the cliché loudmouth of the group often saying and doing things to be obnoxious or to rally everyone up and when he’s drunk he does all the cliché actions like streaking and skinny dipping. If not for Labine I’m not sure the film would have been as funny as it is and he does the character so well that it is much more endearing than annoying.

Characters aside, most of the other aspects in regards to the budding romance between Sudeikis and Leslie Bibb’s character and other side plots are mostly glanced over. There are character plot points for each which are often hinted at for a moment and then pushed aside just as quickly that they never have a chance to be established enough to care about that much. Other characters like the group’s married friends Will Forte and Lucy Punch are nothing more than comedic caricature’s that overreact and overact at select points in the film- the funniest being Forte’s expletive filled reaction right before he gets married to hearing the group will be throwing an orgy and weren’t going to invite him and his wife.

When I wasn’t laughing out loud at Labine’s antics I was usually only chuckling lightly at others contributions but when cast is bantering amongst each other the dynamic may not always result in uproarious laughter but is always interesting to watch. There are several scenes that result in some pretty satisfying comedy including Sudeikis and Labine doing research at an underground sex club and the finale where the group actually has to confront awkward feelings that surface at the worst of moments.

A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY is a film that is half must watch raunchy comedy and half passable quirky romantic comedy. There are moments of laugh out loud lines and actions which are provided mostly by Tyler Labine or awkward situations the characters are put in. Separately only some of the characters have any interesting arcs, but scenes where all the cast is together are much more interesting and fun to watch. Overall, A GOOD OLD FASHIONED ORGY is an impulse rental that you might keep a few days passed its due date then buy down the road at a discounted price. It’s a film just funny enough to own, but there’s no real hurry to do so.




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