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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Movie Review

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Sex with friends has been a popular topic this year. Friends with Benefits and No Strings Attached both tackled the issue in 2011, using more-or-less interchangeable stories to mixed results. And then there's the overlooked Jason Sudeikis comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, which debuts on DVD and Blu-ray today and presents a fun yet ultimately forgettable tale of two guys who figure out how to screw all their good-looking friends.

In A Good Old Fashioned Orgy, Sudeikis stars as Eric, a fun-loving man known for throwing huge bashes. When he learns that his father is selling the summer home where he throws the parties, he decides he wants to do an ultimate send-off, and what's wilder than having an orgy with your closest friends? Though most of them scoff at the idea at first, Eric convinces them one-by-one that it'll be well worth it.

It's worth it for the men, at least. While Eric is good-looking enough, most of his pals - namely best friend McCrudden (Tyler Labine) - aren't exactly "handsome". Meanwhile, as is typical in Hollywood Land, the females range from cute to smoking hot.

I'm not complaining.

Entertaining and lighthearted, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is a fun little film that explores a variety of interpersonal relationships. Most of the movie is about the events leading up to the orgy, with Sudeikis questioning his plans as he falls in love with a girl named Kelly (Leslie Bibb) and the rest of his pals deciding whether or not to participate.

Sudeikis is good in the lead role, delivering a charismatic and at times funny performance. Labine makes for a fun if stereotypical rough-around-the-edges best friend. Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Leslie Bibb and the other cast members do fine in their respective roles, even if they're merely window dressing.

As fun as the film is at times, the movie is clearly written by guys for guys. Though directing-writing team Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck treat the orgy in a respectable fashion, the story does eventually result in the friends all having sex together, with no negative consequences after the fact. In other words, the homely guys get to have sex with their hot female friends and, the next morning, go back to normal. It's all a little too convenient.

Though it's good to see the movie avoid clich├ęd romantic stories, Gregory and Huyck's take on the love triangle that develops between Sudeikis, Bibb and Borth is too simplistic for its own good. Once again, the guy has two lovely women lusting after him, and the next morning, any conflict or tough decisions are erased in lieu of happy endings (no, not that type of happy ending).

Despite its shortcomings, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy has enough enjoyable moments to make it worthwhile. It isn't all that funny and it lacks the edge expected of a movie about an orgy, but for guys who want to know what it would be like to have harmless friend-sex with their good-looking friends, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy is about as close as most will ever come to the real thing.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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