Eric (Jason Sudeikis) and Mike (Tyler Labine) are way past the age of being carded, but you wouldn't know it from their behavior. Terrified of getting older, they live for the weekend, when they can party with their pals at the luxurious home of Eric's dad (Don Johnson in a cameo). Knocking back drinks, drooling over bikinis, jumping in the pool fully clothed — what more could an aging slacker want?
But the party is coming to a close: Dad plans to sell the house. With nothing left to lose, Eric and Mike decide to go for something really outrageous — a last stand that no one will ever forget. An orgy. That is, if they can get their pals to go along with it.
Written and directed by sitcom veterans Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck, "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" is about as enjoyable as being dipped in a vat of cow manure and having your fingernails pulled out with pliers. Woefully short on wit, the film is also tediously paced and visually bland.
Sudeikis is yet another "Saturday Night Live" comic who's pursuing a movie career but whose talents cry out for the small screen. Labine comes across as a pathetically inadequate Jack Black wannabe. But Lake Bell ("It's Complicated"), Michelle Borth (TV's "Combat Hospital") and Lindsay Sloane ("Horrible Bosses") bring much-needed panache to their underwritten roles.
If this alleged comedy does nothing else, it should give moviegoers a new appreciation for the comic gifts of writer-director Judd Apatow ("Knocked Up"). Apatow's films lack a certain sophistication, and he tends to pander to the audience, but he also knows how to deliver laughs — and big ones.
But sitting through "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" is like being monopolized by the most irritating person at a really boring party.
"A Good Old Fashioned Orgy"
One star (out of four) • Rating R • Run time 1:35 • Content Sexual content, nudity and language
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