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Review: A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:08

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy movie review

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Jason Sudeikis (from left), Michelle Borth and Tyler Labine star in "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy"

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

Starring Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb and Tyler Labine

Directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck

Rated R

Grade: B+

Calling "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" a romantic comedy is an injustice to the film because even the romantic parts are pure hilarity. This is pure comedy, really.

The film stars Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live") as Eric, a 30-something professional whose network is made up of old friends from high school. They include the hilarious McCrudden (Tyler Labine, "Reaper," "Sons of Tucson"), Eric's loyal sidekick; Adam (Nick Kroll), the Blackberry-addicted workaholic; Durquez (Martin Starr), the budding musician; Alison (Lake Bell), the psychologist who gives therapy to everyone; Sue (Michelle Borth), the girl who never really got over her high school crush on Eric; Laura (Lindsay Sloane) the sexually repressed grade-school teacher; and Glenn (fellow SNL-er Will Forte), the married-with-a-kid guy.

They all have day jobs – except McCrudden – and for fun, they throw huge parties to celebrate things like 'Oktoberfest in July' and being American with their White Trash Bash. Eric is the ring-leader, and Sudeikis brings a sense of humility to the character, who otherwise would be kind of a cocky jerk.

The parties always take place at Eric's dad's East Hampton summer house, but when his dad breaks the news that he's putting the house on the market, Eric's world seems to be crushed; where will he and his friends go to party from now on? And more importantly, what theme will their final party at the summer house be?

After a few truly funny off-the-cuff ideas from the irreverent McCrudden, they settle on a Karma Sutra Orgy party celebrated on Labor Day weekend, in which only the friends are invited: this isn't a free-for-all. Convincing the rest of the group and actually following through with the party is the biggest challenge on Eric's plate. Throw in a side love affair with Kelly, Eric's dad's realtor, and viewers get a well-rounded movie full of laughs.

Directors Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, who wrote the screenplay, have been a writing duo for a while, honing their chops on television shows like "King of the Hill" and "The Late Show With David Letterman" since the mid-'90s. These guys have undeniable comedic talent. Look to an underground sex-club scene where Eric and McCrudden go to do "research" to really seal the deal.

This movie is really made because of its cast of actors and because the script is well-written with great comedic timing. And in the wake of some less-than-stellar summer blockbusters, a gut-busting chuckle is a welcome sight indeed.

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