A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011) DVD / Blu-ray

By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
How many beers do you recommend for this movie?
1 Beer! A Toast! Great Movie!2 Beers! Good Movie!3 Beers! Okay Movie!4 Beers! Mediocre Movie!5 Beers! Awful Movie!6-Pack! Bad movie! Do not be Sober!

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So, there was this comedy last year starring Jason Sudeikis, Will Forte, Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil), Nick Kroll (The League), Martin Starr (Party Down), and Lucy Punch (Bad Teacher) among many, many other familiar faces.  It was about an orgy.  What, you don’t remember seeing ads for that plastered all over your TV or local theater?  It didn’t even come to your theater?  Well, Hollywood works in mysterious ways .  Particularly if you’re going to put ‘Orgy’ in your title.

This seems like a comedy the whole family can get on board with…

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy tells the timeless tale of a bunch of silver spoons used to throwing an assortment of debaucherous theme parties at Sudeikis’s father’s summer house.  When he, gasp!, decides to sell it, they try to go out on a high note with something they’ve never tried before, you guessed it, an orgy.

A Toast

To that cast.  There’s a hell of a collection of comedic talent here, mostly from TV or familiar supporting faces from comedies headlined by more A-listey types, and they all have their moments.  Throw in an obligatory David Koechner cameo as an ultra-sleazy sex club aficionado, and you have some potential gold on your hands.

Which you may want to wash after this scene.  Or just your eyes.

Beer Two

I wouldn’t call that potential squandered so much as left hanging.  There’s an awful lot of witty banter and one-off jokes, and enough of them hit to be worth it, but nothing quite provides the belly laughs more successful comedies do.

Beer Three

The premise at first glance looks like comedy gold, but to even set up parameters where a group of best friends from college all agree to get bomb diggety down requires some tortured plotting and a lot of unquestioning acceptance from the audience.

Like her being an unfuckable shrew

Beer Four

For such an unconventional idea, this film sure ended up pretty damn conventional.  They do make a couple of bold choices that likely kept them out of theaters, (Hollywood essentially prefers its comedy to be poured out of the exact some mold), which makes it all the more frustrating when they go the regular route with everything else.

The characters (commit-o-phobe leading man, fat best friend, neurotic newlyweds, douchey foreign boyfriend, insecure artist, yadda, yadda, yadda) are formulaic, no consequences or even lingering discomfort result, from their actions and the leading man even has a standard romantic arc that is ENTIRELY UNRELATED TO THE ORGY!  If they had glossed over a couple things just a bit more, they could have released this as A Good Old Fashioned Picnic and laughed all the way to the bank.

Verdict

This does a pretty good job of emulating other generally amusing studio comedies with a  lot of faces you’ll recognize from them.  You could do a lot worse with a rental.

 

Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: any time anyone says ‘orgy’

Take a Drink: whenever sex is portrayed on screen (prepare for some real uncomfortable binges)

Drink a Shot: when Tyler Labine brings out a tray of drinks (maybe a half is more prudent)

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