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A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy (2011)

Setting the tone early on, the film opens with our leads throwing a party, lovingly entitled the 'White Trash Bash'. Hmm, seems we are not aiming high then. Still, this never pretends to be anything else. The clue is in the title after all. And for all of the lonely internet perverts hoping to get lucky, this is not exactly what it says on the box.


This immediately uninspiring offering actually has some fire in its belly. Cast liberally with some of today's most coveted comedic talent (and a couple of surprising cameos), Orgy is quite the hoot. It is sharply written and delivered with admirable timing.



Lest we forget though, this is a story about a group of thirtysomething friends that decide to have one last blast before they are forced to move out of the house. Strangely, the plan is to organise an orgy of all things, so for the vast majority of the population that either go to the movies to be entertained, or are at least easily amused by knob gags, then this is if not a treat, then certainly a pleasant surprise.


Jason Sudeikis and Tyler Labine are the ringmasters here and they grab the best lines too. Not upstaged by the very supportive cast, they are the epitome of grown ups that refuse to do just that.


"I'm not wearing any underwear right now."

"What? On these stools?"


Of course there has to be a message. This is what rises it above alot of the other low-brow toilet humour that pervades cinemas at least once a year, and here it is the very real effects such a plan can have on the relationships that the group, and that of their extended dependents. Everyone needs to kick back from time to time and this is what makes American Pie and Scary Movie so successful. But you should be aware that Orgy is a little bit smarter than that. Only a little bit smarter, however. This is no Bridesmaids, for example, but it not a laugh-a-minute breakneck farce. There are scenes of a sexual nature and some nudity, but these are not explicit and more often than not, appropriate to propel the story forwards.


A fun, though most definitely adult, exploration into human sexuality that never gets too deep to stop the laughs.

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