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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (2011)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 64
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 43

Its titillating title promises ribald laughs, but the lazily written, indifferently acted, and only sporadically funny A Good Old Fashioned Orgy fails to consummate.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 16

Its titillating title promises ribald laughs, but the lazily written, indifferently acted, and only sporadically funny A Good Old Fashioned Orgy fails to consummate.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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A close group of 30-somethings spend every weekend throwing elaborate theme parties at their friend Eric's (Jason Sudeikis) family home in the Hamptons. When Eric's dad decides to sell off their summer playground, the friends agree there is only one way to have the biggest and brashest send off party, a good old fashioned orgy. -- (C) Samuel Goldwyn

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Comedy

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Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck

Dec 27, 2011

$0.1M

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It hedges its bets in the big climax--so to speak.

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com
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You don't review a movie like "A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy." You autopsy it.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Comments (3)
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Jason Sudeikis, mildly annoying in small doses, turns out to be greatly annoying in large ones, as our hero.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (6)
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Sitting through "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" is like being monopolized by the most irritating person at a really boring party.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Chlamydia, gonorrhea and Jason Sudeikis are three reasons to stay well clear of "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy," but they're not the only ones.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (4)
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Gregory and Huyck keep their frat boy (and girl) lark grounded while making sure no bit is left untouched.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
New York Daily News
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Sudeikis, in his first starring vehicle, kind of sucks it.

January 12, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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A consistently funny comedy that goes beyond the mere prospect of the title event.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

There are no big statements made, no wider generational revelations that we haven't seen in countless other rude comedies, but the cast members' chemistry and its refusal to go straight-up formulaic make it an interesting diversion.

January 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

It's a nice way to say goodbye to the summer of R-rated comedies.

September 12, 2011 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

Guaranteed to puzzle Europeans auds, but of course it's not made for them.

September 6, 2011 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Imagine if the characters on TV's beloved sitcom Friends lost their lease and decided to mark the end with an orgy...gives new meaning to "I'll be there for you."

September 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Some might feel frisky after visiting these cinematic sex games. Others will be bored by the lack of bawdiness.

September 3, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It's the movie equivalent of a one-night stand, that's all: fun, but nothing special.

September 3, 2011 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

Unable to decide whether to pitch their story as chastely sweet or ridiculously raunchy, filmmakers Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck end up with something that just lays there flacid.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Comments (3)
Boxoffice Magazine

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice meets a considerably tamed Van Wilder for a mediocre romp in the Hamptons.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

'Orgy' None Too Exciting

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Sex-themed comedy has some heart amid all the raunch.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A lazy, witless sex comedy that's low on both sex and comedy.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Comments (4)
NYC Movie Guru

Screenwriters Alex Gregory and Pete Huyck have devised a merely sophomoric reason to get these actors to take their clothes off to have sex.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

There are occasional big laughs, albeit not enough to qualify this as a must-see comedy.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

The film can't escape the feeling that it's not even interested in its own premise or that its jokey, stunted characters are closer to sad than funny.

September 2, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Audience Reviews for A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

McCrudden: Endurance training. For Labor Day.

"A comedy about old friends in new positions."

I was pleasantly surprised by A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Actually, I kind of hate myself for not giving it a better rating, but I had some qualms with how it decided to wrap up everything. I didn't expect this to be such a well made and actually involving film and when it actually got to the orgy, the scene had some heart involved. It was the disgusting, vile film I thought it would be. Sure there was the typical gross out dialogue, but nothing like you'd expect from a film titled, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. 

A group of friends always congregate to the leaders(Eric) summer house, where he throws wild parties. The only problem is he doesn't own it; his dad does. When his dad decides to sell it, they all decide to throw one last party. Now all the parties always had themes, and this time, Eric decides to make that theme, "A good old fashioned orgy." Only the close nit group of friends will be invited to this one and it takes some talking to get some of them to join.

I can understand the negative reviews. A lot of people just don't like movies that are like this, based in sex. The only thing is, is at the heart of this film is friendship. It's not as single minded as you would be led to believe and I actually thought the movie did an amazing job of commercializing the plot, to a degree. 

Look, this isn't great filmmaking, it's not necessarily intelligent filmmaking, but it is a lot of fun and extremely funny. While, I'm giving this a mild recommendation; subjectively I enjoyed this a lot more than my rating indicates. It was a pleasure to watch and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the performance from Jason Sudekis. The rest of the cast wasn't too bad either. I especially liked Tyler Labine. This is one of those late night movies to watch when you don't really want to think, but just want to have a few laughs.
January 31, 2013
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Surprisingly well made and certainly enjoyable, Orgy is an indie comedy that bases itself on the characters, and their intense bond as lifelong friends over sexual humor almost every time. It boasts an impressive cast of character actors included Lindsay Sloane, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Lucy Bunch, and Michelle Borth as the hold their own women. On the other side are all seminally famous leading men, including SNL's Jason Sudeikis as our portagonist, Eric, comedian Nick Kroll, Reaper's Tyler Labine, and Freaks and Geeks alum Martin Starr. I was watching with the inexplicable desire to compare this film to another about a large group of old friends who are put at odds: The Big Chill. Both have humor that borders on the goofy but in a lackadaisical connotation, both have a large cast that are very believable, and both are great films to watch in order to lose yourself for a bit of time. Unlike its predecessor it does not touch on serious themes such as suicide, homosexuality, or impotence. It's more of a silly romp that never takes itself particularly seriously. The title alone probably suggests something that stays tame and relies on petty, vulgar jokes to keep its momentum. Instead there is also a biting wit and a penchant for the absurd that bolsters it into being something that straddles the line between its rating and an R. It dares to go to the extreme unlike many other films, delivering something that is beyond expectation. The film does examine the intricacies of friendship and the pros and cons of having an orgy, even with these eccentric circumstances. Really, it's much better than all the evidence suggests, and delivers in a big way.
July 26, 2012
FrizzDrop

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I quite liked A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. It had lots of funny moments, wasn't cliched and was silly without being really stupid. It also had a cast that were convincing as a group of friends and I think that is why it works so well, although I guess depends on who you ask. For my Money, I was pleasantly surprised and laughed pretty much throughout!
May 21, 2012
SirPant

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Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Nick Kroll, Tyler Labine, Angela Sarafyan, Lindsay Sloane, Martin Starr, Lucy Punch, Will Forte, Rhys Coiro, Don Johnson

Director: Alex Gregory, Peter Huyck

Summary: When his father opts to sell the family vacation house in the Hamptons, a sophomoric 30-year-old (Jason Sudeikis) realizes the home's tradition of summer parties will soon end. So he decides to go out with a bang -- with many bangs, actually -- by throwing an orgy. Enlisting the help of his best pals, he sets out to make the dream a reality in this rowdy comedy, also starring Will Forte, Lake Bell, Leslie Bibb and Michelle Borth.

My Thoughts: "Silly... yes. Stupid... yes. Funny... yes. That is all the reason I needed to keep watching this movie. That, and I think Jason Sudeikis and Tyler Labine are funny guys. They are a pretty good duo in this film and keep the laughs a flow. The whole cast was pretty great. There is plenty of humor in the film and it is made to be silly/stupid/funny. I mean the title says it all. By the way, not a great movie to be watching when your thirteen yr old ask's which film your watching. I lied of course but still, awkward. Just not a title you want to blurt out to most. But back to the movie. I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like it, but I laughed a lot and really enjoyed the fun of it. You can't take the film seriously. But that should be a given. If your in the mood to relax and laugh to a silly film, then this one is for you. Enjoy."
March 26, 2012
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    1. Kelly: How much do you drink at theses parties?
    2. Eric: A lot. It's kind of a social obligation.
    – Submitted by Keith B (20 months ago)
    1. Vic George: My breath is natural...Unlike your vagina!
    – Submitted by Charles M (2 years ago)
    1. McCrudden: Endurance training. For Labor Day.
    – Submitted by John P (2 years ago)
    1. Glenn: What the fuck are you doing with a rope on your cock at my wedding?
    – Submitted by John P (2 years ago)
    1. McCrudden: I'm wearing this thing called 'The Yank,' got it from the Adam & Eve catalog. One end straps around your leg and the other around your wang. Like the brochure says, 'with every stride, it gives your member a gentle tug.'
    – Submitted by John P (2 years ago)
    1. Eric: Take back what's been taken from us!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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