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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy


Let's get it on (the TV).

Rod Lott December 29th, 2011

Fresh from throwing his epic, annual White Trash Bash, professional gadabout Eric (Jason Sudeikis, TV's "Saturday Night Live") is told by his father that the Hampton home that has served as party central for Eric and his friends for nearly two decades is going on the market.

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To send it out in style, Eric decides "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" is the only proper end to such a long ride. The problem is simply convincing his small circle to join him. Uninhibited and (naturally) obese best bud (Tyler Labine, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes") is in, but the uptight, BlackBerry-addicted Adam (Nick Kroll, TV's "The League") fears STDs, and the ladies — including Lake Bell (TV's "How to Make It in America") — are a really tough sell.

Eric's only obstacle is his burgeoning attraction to his Realtor (Leslie Bibb, "Law Abiding Citizen"), and of course, you know how that'll turn out by the end. However, that's not to say "Orgy" is entirely predictable; it's not. That's not to say "Orgy" overflows with story smarts; for instance, would the guys really need to conduct research for how to go about having group sex? No. But at least it allows for an unabashed cameo from David Koechner ("Final Destination 5"), who shares that scented candles are a must, "to cover the smell of ass."

For a direct-to-DVD comedy, you could do a lot worse than "Orgy," but I doubt you could do much better. Although I hate the film's cheap look that screams "made for television" (or, worse, "American Pie" straight-to-video sequel), the genial performances grew on me quick enough that I was able to get over that.

I'm not entirely certain that I would, had someone other than Sudeikis has been cast (like co-star Will Forte, with no offense to Forte). On a real roll this year with "Hall Pass" and especially "Horrible Bosses," he can convey clueless credibly and knows how not to let it turn him into cardboard. He also can propose the orgy without making his character seem like a threat, creep or outright pervert — there's heart in his horniness.

As on the cusp of greatness that Sudeikis is, I'm not convinced Labine may be the same after the one-two punch of his slacker bit in "Orgy" and the redneck doofus of "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil." He's the yin to Sudeikis' yang — here, that could be read in more ways than one.

The DVD's numerous deleted scenes and gag reel confirmed my theory that shooting this "Orgy" was more fun than you or I will ever experience. They may have laughed more making the movie than you will watching it, but you should laugh often enough to close the deal with a devil-may-care smile. Like "Wet Hot American Summer," which "Orgy" resembles in spirit, it's dripping with cult potential. —Rod Lott




 
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