Funny and raunchy. One would expect that from A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and the characters we're introduced to. And yet there was something lacking in this ridiculous romp. Perhaps it didn't take the funny or raunchy to the level it should have.
Eric (Jason Sudeikis) is a guy who uses his father's (Don Johnson) Hampton's house for theme parties every summer weekend. Unfortunately for Eric and his friends, Dad decides to put the place on the market, prompting Eric to plan one more memorable party. After covering every type of party imaginable, Eric and best friend, Mike (Tyler Labine) decide on a Labor Day party of epic proportions: a good old fashioned orgy.
While convincing Eric's seven best friends to participate in the orgy isn't easy, they eventually agree and so begins the planning exhibited by all â€“ some of it gender specific â€“ but nevertheless, sex toys are bought, trips to the gym are mandatory, and even a secret orgy club is researched. However, Eric does meet an obstacle in his realtor, Kelly (Leslie Bibb), when he discovers he really likes her and starts to question whether the upcoming orgy is such a great idea. Eventually, the friends find themselves with the momentous weekend upon them. Will they go through with their good old fashioned orgy, or won't they?
I'm sure my fellow critics will rate this film higher but I was turned off by the mix of predictability and insincere moments. I left the theater with the feeling of â€œmehâ€ - though there will be audiences who will eat this movie up. On a side note, I get so sick of seeing actresses having to be beautiful and perfectly toned while their male counterparts get away with being average, nerdy, or downright fat. If the camera wants hot bodies, why can't we see male eye candy as well, especially in a picture where the theme involves getting naked? (On the flip side, heaven forbid we look upon a scantily clad average-looking woman.) I know this movie is a comedy but it contains a message that doesn't go unnoticed.
Okay, okay, I'll get off my soap box...for now.
All in all, the premise of an entitled group of thirty-something year-old friends stepping away from their comfort zones to screw each other just didn't rock my boat like I imagined it would. It's worth a few laughs, but not the price of theater admission. Wait for On Demand.
2 licks out of 5
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy opens in theaters September 2nd.
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Directed by: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
Written by: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck
Featuring: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb and Tyler Labine
Plot: A group of 30-year-olds who have been friends since high school attempt to throw an end-of-summer orgy.
Feature by Natalie Norton.