A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Looking to spice up the shindigs heís been
hosting at his fatherís house in the Hamptons for as long as he or any
of his friends can remember, Eric (Jason Sudeikis, best known for his
turn as Liz Lemonís boyfriend Floyd in 30 Rock) decides to
literally go out with a bang upon hearing the property is to be sold: he
and his 30-something chums decide to organise one final party, the
titular orgy, and comedy ensues.
The film is boosted by the presence of a
strong ensemble cast, which in addition to Sudeikis includes Lake Bell (What
Happens in Vegas), Leslie Bibb (Iron Man 1 & 2) and SNL
alumnus Will Forte, though itís relatively unknown Canadian comic
Tyler Labine who manages to steal the show, combining elements of Jack
Black and Zach Galifianakis into a well-timed comedic role without which
the film would be found somewhat wanting in the laughs department.
Though Labineís role was singled out for praise by most critics, Orgy
fared poorly at the box office and garnered only mediocre reviews.
It isnít a bad film per se, itís just that the whole never adds up to
more than the sum of its parts: a number of the performances feel a
little disjointed, chemistry is lacking between one or two of the leads,
writer/directors Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck seem uncertain as to
whether to play several crucial scene for laughs, or pathos, or both.
Orgy pulls out all the stops, but ultimately the climax fails to
On a more positive note the disc is laden
with a number of worthwhile bonus features, including an Audio
Commentary with Gregory, Huyck and Sudeikis; no less than 10 Deleted
Scenes (amongst the funniest of which is a snippet of gal pal advice
entitled ĎGive Him Analí); a pretty decent if somewhat scatological
five-minute Gag Reel and a nine-minute Making Of featurette entitled
ĎHow to Film and Orgy.í