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Movie Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
  • September 01, 2011 : 20:09
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Directors: Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck
Rating: R
Studio: Fierce Entertainment

That title, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, writes a check the movie itself can’t ultimately cash. Intended years ago as a Vince Vaughn comedy by writers-directors Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck (writers for Late Show with David Letterman and King of the Hill), the fast, funny movie settles instead for Jason Sudeikis as an oily, thirty something party guy hell-bent on throwing one last blowout before realtors Leslie Bibb and the hilarious Lin Shaye sell the Hamptons summer house owned by his rich, slick daddy (Don Johnson).

Sudeikis plays the kind of guy who considers serving bean dip out of a toilet at a Dukes of Hazzard-themed party the epitome of good times. Hey, no wonder every beauty in the movie secretly lusts after him, including Angela Sarafyan and Michelle Borth. He and his horny, stoner, up for anything wingman Tyler Labine (an hilarious, touching standout performance) persuade their old friends to loosen up for an Indian-style orgy, complete with incense, costumes, veils, beads and the promise of a Kama Sutra-worthy smorgasbord of sexual delights. The list of invitees include uptight therapist Lake Bell, who is having relationship problems with her Euro-snob boyfriend Rhys Coiro, Nick Kroll and Lindsay Sloane as a sweetly awkward couple anxious to break out of their shells and Martin Starr is very good as a sad faced, hipster musician.

As good as all of them are, the moviemakers blow a big opportunity by under-using the hysterical Lucy Punch and Will Forte as friends who badly want in on the sexual hijinks but get turned down because they’re recently married. The big finale delivers an orgy, all right, but a fairly timid one despite the R-rating. Sudeikis’ smarm wears thin along the way, but the movie snaps and crackles with good lines and performances. In the ongoing glut of R-rated comedies, this may be a mid-level entry but it has an odd sweetness in showing the lengths some people will go to avoid intimacy.

About the Author

Playboy Contributing Editor Stephen Rebello has written many Playboy Interview and 20 Questions features. He is the author of such books as the notorious Bad Movies We Love (with Edward Margulies) and Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the latter of which has inspired a dramatic feature film set for production in 2012. His most recent Playboy Interviews include Josh Brolin and Cameron Diaz.

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