A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)

This is another movie I watched a couple weeks back, and reviewing it here for posterity’s sake now.

Long ago, probably close to a decade now, I watched Wet Hot American Summer and was shocked that it was viewed by anyone as funny.  I think I might have been broken back then, because looking at the amazing cast that populates that movie, I have no idea how I could have not seen the humour in it.  Maybe I just missed what it was about, maybe I didn’t “get it”, I don’t know.  Looking at the poster for AGOFO I was struck by how much it reminded me of Summer and I wondered if it was going to be the same type of movie for me.

Yes and no.  The cast is populated with actors that I find altogether enjoyable in many movies that they’ve worked on, namely Jason Sudeikis and Tyler Labine, but also introduced me to a few talents that I had only heard smatterings about by this point.  The most disconcerting thing for me during the entire run of the movie was how freakishly similar Nick Kroll looks to Joshua Malina in every scene.  It was haunting me by the end.

The story is not as much of an “in-joke” as Summer seemed to be, just pretty straightforward.  Eric (Sudeikis) uses his father’s (Don Johnson) house every month to hold some ridiculous theme party and when Eric’s dad decides that he needs to sell the house, Eric needs to come up with One Last Party idea.  Along with his best friend Mike (Labine), they come up with the idea of having a good old fashioned orgy that will just be a small, intimate (literally) gathering.  At first, not everyone’s on board with it, but clearly from the film’s title, you know that it happens.

It’s an alright coming-of-age, coming to grips with the person you are story, and how immature us adults can still be.  There’s some sexy romping and decent acting throughout, but it’s nothing I’d really recommend off the top of my head.  Enjoyable, but not a laugh riot or anything.

3 / 5

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About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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