(Ending the Summer with) A Good Old Fashion Orgy Review

A Good Old Fashion Orgy Review
By Bret Dorman

A Good Old Fashion Orgy is not only a tough concept to sell, but a tough name as well. People like nudity and people like comedy, but just saying the word ‘orgy’ can make people embarrassed and disgusted.

Orgy is good for some laughs and a nice easy to follow story. Where it treads mediocre water, it does have one secret weapon of mass comedy in its arsenal…

The Story: Eric (Jason Sudekis) has awesome parties, but now that his dad is selling the summer house, he has only one mega party left… and that mega party is a good old fashion orgy (That’s the name of the movie!). He only chooses to invite his closest personal friends, because that won’t be awkward. Also, Will Forte is a nuclear bomb of funny.

Orgy is a movie that treads that fine line of trying to be ‘indie’ funny and show the quirkier small moments in a relationship and straight up silly goofy comedy. I like the small moments as well as the low brow humor and I think they managed it well. Usually its dangerous but here its all good. What I didn’t quite get was why this movie chose to go with an ‘R rating’ and then chose not to go full blown R but just some worn out sex jokes and some boobs and a penis.

Co-writers and co-directors Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck got their start in TV. You can tell that this movie felt like an hour long comedy show that somehow was allowed to be a movie. That’s like a six year old kid getting permission to swear. Only instead of going for the heavy stuff, he is fine with just saying ‘titty’ and ‘shitty’.

The cast is pretty much an ensemble of usually minor/supporting characters in other things that you know and like. Here everyone plays their ‘norm’. In a movie filled with actors who need to prove themselves (is Sudekis a bonefide star now?), no one really goes bold. I like how everyone played well off of each other and made each other look good, but they needed to up their own energy collectively to make the whole movie look better.

Every scene will have a chuckle or two, usually for both subtle/not-so-subtle jokes. Then it will end in a bigger laugh. Rinse and repeat. The thing that really keeps this movie afloat is the ‘will they or won’t they’ aspect of the orgy.

The one biggest complaint is one that I usually have and that is this movie is way too over-edited. It would be nice to see more scenes with the characters on the screen together, actually interacting and playing off each other. Instead the way the movie is cut it makes it feel like every line should be funnier when it is where as if it were more pulled back the entire flow of the scene would have a greater and funnier effect.

Lastly, Will Forte is quite possibly one of the funniest people working in comedy today. I love him. He is the one person in this movie who really turns it up and commits to the craziness. I know you might be thinking “But if everyone was this crazy it dilutes the craziness” but he is SO crazy (good) that the others could have gone up a notch or two.

Spoilers!

So this whole movie builds up to the ‘will they or won’t they’ aspect of the orgy. And at first there is the fake out of Sudekis leaving the orgy but quickly he comes back and they get it on!

At first its funny because they keep that subtle humor and make it weird like it should be. But after a while I wanted to see more orgy, more gross stuff, push the limits of friends having sex with each other! Then I wanted less. And less. The scene goes on and keeps the same intensity level and then just sort of fades.

After the orgy they all still remain friends and the movie neatly wraps things up with some of them getting together and some of them not and even the girl who wanted to be with Sudekis is fine with not being with him and he goes for the realtor girl. That might make some upset, but honestly, where you THAT invested in these characters? The ending undermines the humor much less than it undermines the reality of human relationships.

In Conclusion, A Good Old Fashion Orgy is a nice well put together comedy that covers some unconventional material in a conventional way. There’s enough here to make you chuckle throughout and Will Forte needs to be in more things.

Final Grade: B- (Will Forte: A)

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